ALBANY — State Police are searching for a handgun that was among three firearms stolen recently from the Rensselaer County residence of a trooper, including a .45-caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun that remains missing.
At least one of the firearms was recovered when troopers this week arrested a 22-year-old member of a local biker gang, the Suicide Squad, that has ties to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. That individual, who lives in Wynantskill, was issued an appearance ticket for Troy City Court and faces felony and misdemeanor weapons charges.
Two teenagers, whose identities are not public due to their age, have been charged with the break-in that took place over the weekend in Rensselaer County. They are being prosecuted as juveniles under New York’s Raise the Age statute, which increased to 18 the age at which an individual can be prosecuted as an adult.
People associated with the Suicide Squad and associates of several other biker gangs were involved in October’s shootout at an underground private lounge in Albany; that incident left a 29-year-old military veteran dead and six others wounded. Ten people were charged with weapons possession as a result of two handguns recovered by police in the clubhouse, but no one has been charged with the homicide.
The shootout littered the neighborhood off Central Avenue with more than 60 shell casings from multiple guns, and offered proof of what some law enforcement officials said were increasing tensions between a proliferation of biker gangs that are resurgent in the area.
The firearms that are the focus of this week’s State Police investigation were stolen from the residence of a 43-year-old trooper. (The Times Union is withholding the trooper’s name because the person has not been accused of wrongdoing.) It’s unclear whether the stolen guns were properly stored. One of the guns is a former State Police service weapon that was purchased by a trooper after the agency discontinued use of that type of firearm, according to a person briefed on the case.
In the search for the weapons, State Police investigators this week began contacting gun retailers and asking them to keep a log of anyone who purchases the type of ammunition used in the .45-caliber handgun. That type of ammunition is not common.