Police: Rome man found with gun reported stolen from South Carolina sheriff's office

Joshua J. Bleau

Rome police arrested a man on June 16 after officers found a stolen handgun on him while investigating a suspicious activity complaint in the area of Floyd Avenue.

Posted: Jun 17, 2020 11:17 AM
Updated: Jun 17, 2020 2:33 PM

ROME, N.Y. – Rome police arrested a man on June 16 after officers found a stolen handgun on him while investigating a suspicious activity complaint in the area of Floyd Avenue.

Joshua J. Bleau, 32, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after police stopped him near Resurrection Church around 7:20 p.m.

The officers involved in the investigation recognized Bleau, and knew he had two active warrants from Rome City Court.

While speaking with Bleau, officers say he admitted to having drug paraphernalia on him, and was placed under arrested. While searching him, police then found a loaded handgun in his waistband.

After seizing the gun, police ran a check through the National Crime Information Center database, and discovered the gun was reported stolen from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office in Columbia, S.C. in 2017.

Officers say Bleau was also in possession of a white substance, which was sent to a state laboratory to determine if it contains a narcotic.

Bleau was processed and is currently being held at the Oneida County Jail.

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