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Arrests are made following spate of rural malfeasance

Friday, August 01, 2014 - Updated: 10:19 AM


GLEN -- Two 19-year olds were arrested Thursday following an investigation by the Montgomery Sheriff's Office into property damage throughout the area, including the Bellinger Farm.

Brandon M. Akey, 19 of 316 W. Clinton St., Johnstown, and Collin J. Hanson, 19, of 208 Marie Drive, Fonda, were charged with three counts of second-degree criminal mischief, one count of third-degree criminal mischief, and two counts of falsifying a written statement.

Deputy Luke Paine said Akey and Hanson were arrested for shooting BBs from a vehicle toward farm equipment, road signs, and vehicles on the night of July 16, damaging property around town.

One of the victims was Butch Bellinger, who owns a farm in the village of Fultonville. Bellinger said his tractor sustained significant damage.

"The tractor was parked and when I came back, the windshield and back window was shot out and both doors was shot out," he said. "It did a lot of damage, and it's one of my main tractors. It was laid up for seven days."

Bellinger said he lost production days during good weather.

"Hay isn't like fruits and vegetables but there is a peak time to do it and afterwards the value goes down," Bellinger said, adding this is the first time this has happened.

Bellinger said a few days after his property was damaged, he was visited by police because his neighbors had farm equipment stolen. Several vehicles on Lansing Road in Fultonville were also reportedly shot up as well.

"They shot out a windshield in a van and a Jeep was also damaged," he said.

Paine said the case was under investigation when Hanson's mother had contacted the sheriff's office.

"Akey had shot Hanson with the BB gun and Hanson had to get medical treatment. Hanson's mother found out and contacted the sheriff's office," Paine said. "That was when the case started to come together."

The teenagers were arraigned in town court and remanded to county jail on $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond each. They are scheduled to appear in town court Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.


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