Man gets prison time for stealing items

JOHNSTOWN – A homeless man was sentenced Tuesday in Fulton County Court to state prison in a stolen property case.

Timothy C. Belden, 24, was sentenced by Judge Polly A. Hoye to one to three years in state prison, as part of a plea arrangement. He must also make restitution of $4,500.

Belden had pleaded guilty April 25 to one count of fourth-degree grand larceny.

He was arrested Jan. 21 for what Gloversville police said was the theft of checks and firearms. He was originally charged with theft of services, petit larceny and two felony counts of fourth-degree grand larceny – one count for the firearms and the other for the checks.

Police said Belden was originally processed on a warrant for theft of services, which was the result of his not paying a cab fare within the city.

Prior to the warrant being issued, police said a report of checks being stolen from a residence and cashed throughout Fulton County implicated Belden. The investigation led to information Belden not only stole the checks, police said, but wrote some to acquaintances and assisted them in cashing the checks. Another report of stolen checks also was made that implicated Belden, police said. During the investigation, police said, it was learned he also stole and cashed those checks.

Police said a report of stolen firearms – including handguns, rifles and shotguns – also surfaced. Belden was charged for stealing and selling the firearms, police said.