NUNDA – A Nunda resident was arrested on drug and theft charges early this week, first for allegedly having heroin on him on 390 in Avon, and again for allegedly stealing guns from his dad in Nunda.
According to a press release from Undersheriff Matthew Bean, Brian Kelly, 32, was arrested Monday night for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree during a traffic stop, and arrested again Tuesday morning for felony Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, and misdemeanor Petit Larceny.
“These cases are great examples of how Operation Safe Interstate is impacting our county,” said Undersheriff Matthew Bean. “The proactive interdiction work being done by the deputies can often reduce other crimes and sometimes helps us in solving them too.”
On Monday, Jan. 4, Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Whitford and his K-9 Partner Utah stopped a vehicle on 390 in Avon for an Equipment Violation, and identified Kelly as a passenger. During the course of the traffic stop, a quantity of heroin was allegedly found on Kelly, and he was taken into custody by Deputy Whitford. Assisting at that scene was Deputy Michael Wade from the Sheriff’s STOP-DWI unit.
Then, in the early hours of Jan. 5, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a Burglary at 38 North Church Street in the Village of Nunda. Upon arrival, it appeared that someone had possibly entered the residence and stolen several items, including two firearms.
Sheriff’s Office personnel informed each other that Kelly, the son of the homeowner, had been arrested just hours before by Deputy Whitford on the drug-related charges.
Deputy Kevin Geer and Sgt. James Merrick responded to the scene immediately. Deputy Caleb Cutting of the Forensic Identification Unit (FIU) and Investigator Jeff Wiedrick of the Criminal Investigation Division arrived shortly thereafter.
The investigation continued through mid morning, and resulted in Kelly’s arrest for the theft of the firearms.
Kelly was arraigned on the charges and remanded to the Livingston County Jail on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.