Greece man charged after multiple stolen weapons, drugs found in home

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On Thursday, deputies executed a search warrant at a home in Greece. The home was occupied by 38-year-old Richard Tellier. (Photo: Monroe County Sheriff's Office)

Greece, N.Y. (WHAM) - Investigators with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office have arrested a man from Greece after they seized multiple stolen firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and various quantities of drugs from his home.

On Thursday, deputies executed a search warrant at a home on Legion Circle in Greece. The home was occupied by 38-year-old Richard Tellier.

Inside the home, they found two handguns that were stolen from different shops, along with 11 other rifles, shotguns and handguns. Hundreds of rounds of various kinds of ammunition were also seized from the house. The two handguns - a .45 Laama handgun and a Glock 19 9mm - were determined to have been stolen from Mr. Gold Pawn Shop on Lyell Avenue and Chinappi's Gun Shop in Parma, respectively.

The other firearms seized included an AK-47 with a fully-loaded 30 round magazine, an AR-15 with a fully-loaded 30 round magazine, six shotguns, one sawed-off shotgun, an Omega 100 .22 revolver, and a Gem small caliber handgun.

Deputies also seized amounts of marijuana, cocaine, steroids, and suboxone. A previously stolen Goodman furnace was also taken.

Tellier was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, nine counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of criminal possession of a firearm, and two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. The most serious charge, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, is a Class C felony. If convicted of the charge, Tellier faces up to 15 years in prison.

The third-degree criminal possession of a weapon charges were related to nine large-capacity ammunition feeding devices, according to the criminal complaint filed in court. Tellier was also accused of failing to register the AK-47 and AR-15 he owned with the state, despite being told to do so by New York State Police.

He was arraigned in Greece Town Court and remanded to the Monroe County Jail on $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond. A future court date has not yet been set.

Neighbors say they were shocked by the news. Dan Welch said it didn't make sense.

"He's been a great neighbor - fantastic. I have no complaints," said Welch. "His wife helps me with the grass every now and again."

"It's slightly surprising," said neighbor Adam Christianson. "When you look outside, you don't expect to see undercovers or anyone who is taking things into bags with gloves on and everything. It's just really shocking and kind of scary, what's going on over here."

Deputies say they were tipped off about Tellier through a separate investigation into multiple burglaries in Monroe County. They believe the suspect in that case, John Witman, knew Tellier.

"At some point, they had some sort of professional relationship with each other, and Tellier was able to buy some of his stolen property from him," said Investigator Trevor Hibbard.

Investigators are still trying to determine why Tellier had the guns to begin with.

"It's tough to say," said Sgt. John Watson. "He could've held onto them, or sold them a little later down the line. At this point, we really don't know."

Deputies do not believe Tellier stole the firearms.

The guns are now in the hands of the Sheriff's Office and will go through ballistic testing to see if they are linked to any crimes.

When 13WHAM stopped at Tellier's home Tuesday, someone answered the door, before slamming it closed.