A confidential informant helped police arrest two men early Friday who were about to sell five stolen long guns at a Niagara Falls Boulevard apartment complex, Detective Lt. Frank Granto said.
Charged with five counts each of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property were Ernest I. Nagurney, 20, of 710 Division Ave., and Anthony J. Iadicco, 18, of 702 79th St., Granto said.
The guns -- an assault rifle and four high-powered rifles -- were confiscated at about 1:40 a.m. after city detectives and Niagara County sheriff's investigators spent more than an hour staking out an apartment at 9364 Niagara Falls Blvd., Granto said.
The guns were stolen on Sept. 18 or 19 during a break-in at the home of Paul Flinn of 2267 Mount Hope Road on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, Investigator Daniel Brown said.
A sixth weapon, an Uzi, was recovered in Wilson later Friday in the brush along Randall Road, a quarter-mile north of Youngstown-Lockport Road, by Detective Carl Berak and sheriff's Investigator Daniel Brown after Nagurney told Berak where the weapon could be found, Granto said.
Two stolen weapons, an assault rifle and a Winchester rifle, have yet to be recovered, Berak said.
The arrests were made following an investigation conducted by Berak and Brown, detectives William Thomson and Patrick Corsaro and sheriff's Investigator Mark Driess, Granto said. Nagurney was arrested at the scene while Iadicco, who fled from police early Friday, turned himself over to authorities at 10:15 a.m., Berak said.
The arrests came after Berak received information from the informant late Thursday that the two men had arranged to sell the weapons at the boulevard address, Granto said.
With that information in hand, Granto said he set up the stakeout.
"When a vehicle pulled up and a buy was attempted, the suspects went to a nearby car and pulled the weapons out from under it. Then we converged on them, arrested one of them and recovered the stolen weapons," Berak said.
Granto said if police had not found out about the sale, the weapons likely would have been used for a criminal purpose.
"I'm happy we got them off the street so they can't be used to harm innocent people," Granto said.
Detectives were still trying to find the two missing weapons late Friday. Granto said several ammunition clips, a couple of them loaded, also were confiscated when Nagurney was arrested.
Nagurney pleaded innocent to the charges in City Court and was remanded to the Niagara County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail, Berak said. Iadicco was being held in the jail without bail pending his arraignment on Monday.