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November 22, 2013

Police: Stolen pistol wasn't fired in a crime

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.

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