State police say a Rochester man was taken into custody after making threats against Monroe County Executive Adam Bello.
The investigation, which involved an array of local agencies, including the New York State Intelligence Center, resulted in the arrest of Raymond Girard.
The investigation began on January 4, when the NYSIC received a tip that Girard had been involved in break-ins across Monroe County and neighboring counties. The tip also included pictures of Girard posing with stolen property, including badges, long guns, ammunition, and a Ruger handgun, which were taken inside his residence on Hudson Avenue in Rochester. Girard was also a suspect in the use of a stolen credit card case in Wayne County and had a warrant for aggravated harassment in Batavia.
During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Girard was also being investigated by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department for making terroristic threats against Bello.
State police and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office collaborated throughout the investigation as it progressed.
On January 15th, Girard was arrested without incident, and a search warrant was executed at his residence in Rochester. During the search, police seized two black powder long guns, a large amount of ammunition, a dagger, two stolen computers, and numerous identification and credit cards in other people’s names.
Girard was charged with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, as well as fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
The investigation remains active.
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