Rome man charged with stealing a firearm

Published Feb 16, 2017 at 4:00pm

NEW HARTFORD — A former employee of a sporting goods store in New Hartford has been charged with stealing a firearm, according to area law enforcement investigators.

Police said Richard S. Neidl, 33, of Rome, stole the gun from the store in March 2016.

The police investigators said Neidl was a former employee who had access to the firearms area.

Over the course of the investigation, police said they were able to identify Neidl, and Rome Police uncovered the gun during an unrelated search warrant in Rome.

Neidl was take into custody on Friday on one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony, police said.

The law enforcers added that Neidl was arraigned in Town Court and was sent to county jail in lieu of bail.

He is scheduled to reappear in court, the authorities added.