Two accused of knife-point robbery

GLOVERSVILLE — A pair of city residents were taken into police custody Monday, accused of committing a robbery at knife point a week prior. Police reportedly came into contact with the robbery suspects while investigating an unrelated incident they are alleged to be involved in.

Shane M. Curran, 27, of 162 Bleecker St., and Deanna W. Bleyl-Garza, 23, of 9 Fox St., were each charged with first-degree robbery, a class B felony, by city police on Monday at 7:45 p.m. Curran was additionally charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony.

The charges stem from an investigation into a robbery that occurred on March 28 at 12:30 a.m. at 51 Yale St.

Lt. Brad Schaffer, public information officer for the Gloversville Police Department, on Tuesday said the robbery was not random in nature, the victim and suspects were known to one another.

“They were at a common address, while there the suspects presented a knife, threatened the victim and then at knife point stole electronics from the residence,” said Schaffer.

According to Schaffer, officers continued to actively investigate the initial robbery incident when received a new complaint involving the same suspects, Curran and Bleyl-Garza, on Monday.

“A second offense they were alleged to be involved in had occurred,” said Schaffer.

Patrol officers handling the new complaint took Curran and Bleyl-Garza into custody on the robbery charges while the complaint from Monday remains under investigation. Schaffer was unable to provide details surrounding the second alleged incident, but anticipates additional charges will be brought against Curran and Bleyl-Garza as a result of the investigation.

Both Curran and Bleyl-Garza were arraigned in City Court in connection to the robbery charges and remanded to the custody of the Fulton County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond for Curran and $5,000 cash or $15,000 bond for Bleyl-Garza.

According to jail officials, both Curran and Bleyl-Garza were still being held as of Tuesday afternoon.

By Josh Bovee

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