A pistol bought, sold and traded multiple times in recent years wasn’t fired in a crime, an Otsego County investigator said Thursday.
But its wanderings led to the arrests of 10 Otsego County residents on either felony or misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a weapon, among other felony charges.
The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division spent two-and-a-half years tracking the path of the Colt Woodsman 22 caliber semi-automatic pistol, according to Senior Investigator Michael Ten Eyck.
The investigation resulted in arrests between April and this month for a range of felony and misdemeanor charges lodged against 10 residents, none of whom had a pistol permit in NYS, deputies said. The pistol is being held as evidence.
Ten Eyck said Thursday that he never had a case in which a gun has been sold as many times as this pistol. Following its trail, though, was all in many days’ work to recover stolen property and finding out who’s responsible, he said.
“That’s our job,” Ten Eyck said. “We don’t want illegal guns on the street.”
According to a media release, a Hartwick town resident resident contacted deputies in late March 2011 to report that he couldn’t find his Colt pistol, which he said was last seen after Christmas 2010.
On April 28, 2011, a Decatur town resident located the pistol in his son’s bedroom and called state police, who recovered the gun and turned it over to deputies.
The release related the narrative of the pistol’s journey as:
William Myron Peeters, 27, of 10 Earls Road in Hartwick, allegedly stole the handgun from his parents’ residence in early January 2011, and sold the gun to Luke John MacCracken, 22, of Oneonta.
MacCracken allegedly sold the gun to Randy Dean Moore, 53, of Portlandville, who gave the pistol to his son, Randy Joseph Moore, 31, of Portlandville, in the late winter 2011.
Randy J. Moore traded the pistol for property and money to Allen Edward McMullen, 22, of Maryland, in late winter 2011.
McMullen allegedly sold the firearm to Matthew Lyn Foster, 27, of Schenevus, in the late winter 2011, who is accused of selling the pistol to Barbara Florence Blanchard, 71, of Worcester, in early April 2011.
The same month, Blanchard allegedly sold the handgun to John Thomas Rundblad Jr., 21, of Worcester, who gave the pistol to Lawrence Karl Hammond Jr, 28, of Worcester.
Hammond reportedly traded the pistol for a shotgun to Jeffrey Lynn Fuller Jr., 21, of Worcester, who allegedly had the unregistered handgun on April 28, 2011.
On Nov. 15, Peeters was charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property, all felonies, deputies said, and he faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
MacCracken was charged April 8 with criminal possession of a weapon, sale of a firearm and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, all felonies, with punishment if convicted of up to seven years in prison.
Charged with felony counts of criminal sale of a firearm and criminal possession of stolen property were McMullen on Nov. 12, Randy Dean Moore on July 31, Randy Joseph Moore on June 11, Foster on Oct. 22, and Blanchard, Rundblad Jr. and Hammond on Oct. 24.
Fuller was charged Oct. 24 with criminal possession of stolen property, deputies said, and if convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.
All defendants were arraigned in various courts and released on recognizance, pending appearance at later dates, the release said.
Ten Eyck said he, investigators Jason Munson and Michael Covert, who has since retired and is now Cooperstown police chief, worked on the case.