Teen who allegedly stole guns among several arraigned in county court

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 December 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – An Albion teen who allegedly broke into a village house and stole two guns with ammunition was arraigned in Orleans County Court on Monday.

Allan D. Walls, 16, of 428 East State St. was charged in October in connection to the burglary of the firearms, which were recovered, Albion police reported then.

Walls was arraigned for second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Walls pleaded not guilty to the charges. He has been free on $5,000 bail. Orleans County Court Judge James Punch said he would keep the bail at $5,000.

Walls allegedly broke into a home on East State Street, gaining entry through a rear window. He allegedly threw a rock to break out the glass. Police say he stole two rifles – an AK-47 and a Ruger 10-22 – with ammunition.

He is to next appear in court on Dec. 15.

In other cases, Judge Punch arraigned the following:

Richard Wheeler, 45, of Lockport for one count of third-degree grand larceny, 16 counts of second-degree forgery and 16 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Wheeler allegedly took checks belonging to someone else and gave them to other people for cash. He has a prior criminal record as a persistent felon, District Attorney Joe Cardone said.

Punch set bail at $200,000 for Wheeler, who is in the county jail.

Wheeler pleaded not guilty and will next appear in court on Dec. 15.

Corey Baerman, 18, of South Liberty Street in Albion and Makaylee Maxwell, 18, of East Academy Street were arraigned. They allegedly were part of a burglary in the Village of Albion on Aug. 18. Two others also were allegedly part of the crime, but they haven’t been arrested yet.

Cardone said the four people allegedly broke into a house, stole multiple items and “caused a great deal of damage to the residence.”

Maxwell and Baerman were arraigned on second-degree burglary, petty larceny, fourth-degree criminal mischief and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

The judge set $2,500 bail for Maxwell, who has no prior criminal history, and $10,000 for Baerman, who Cardone said has a prior larceny charge.

Maxwell and Baerman both pleaded not guilty to the charges. They are to next appear in court on Dec. 15.