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MAN HELD ON FIREARMS CHARGE LINKED TO THEFT

A Masten Street man was the latest suspect arrested by police in connection with stolen firearms taken during a burglary of an East Side gun collector's home earlier this month.

Eddie D. Shelton Jr., 21, was taken into custody early Saturday by members of the Buffalo Police Gang Suppression Unit after he allegedly threatened another man at gunpoint at about 1:30 a.m. at 74 Langmeyer Ave.

Unit officers Kevin Kennedy and Tim Wilke responded to the call when they observed a man matching the description of the suspect several houses away from the scene. After questioning, officers secured the .38-caliber revolver that Shelton was carrying and took him into custody without incident. Subsequent discovery revealed there were five live rounds of ammunition in the gun.

Upon further investigation it was determined the gun had been reported stolen in the large-scale weapons theft Dec. 4 on Armbruster Street. Police have been trying to track down the suspects and weapons involved since the incident occurred. Last week, officers responding to a burglary call apprehended several suspects, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a cache of weapons, including five handguns and two shotguns believed to be involved in the firearms heist.

Police said most of the weapons and a large amount of ammunition stolen in the theft have now been recovered. The victim in that theft is a manager of a Southtowns business that sells guns.

Still being sought is a .45-caliber handgun, according to Buffalo Police Lt. Larry J. Baehre. The gun has a laser scope and is fully loaded with "Black Talon" ammunition -- commonly known as "cop killer" bullets because they can penetrate the protective vests worn by police officers.

Meanwhile, Shelton faces felony charges of possessing a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property and a misdemeanor menacing count. He was taken into custody pending court action.

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