Hensley indicted in crime spree


BATAVIA — A month after he was indicted in Wyoming County, a career criminal who once ran a gun-trafficking ring was indicted in Genesee County on burglary charges.

Gary W. Hensley II, 44, of Burke Hill Road was arraigned Wednesday in Genesee County Court on an indictment charging him with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny and petit larceny.

Hensley is accused of entering a house on Gilhooly Road ion Alexander on Sept. 7 and stealing a Charter Arms revolver and a Snapple box with various items stored inside.

At the time, police believed he was involved in numerous other crimes around Western New York, leading to arrests and charges in at least four counties.

A month ago, Hensley and a Dansville woman, Valorie A. Bowers, 36, were indicted after an investigation revealed a cache of stolen guns, jewelry and other items at storage sheds in Warsaw, Perry and at the house were the couple once lived.

The stolen items, valued at more than $10,000, were linked to 13 burglaries in the summer and fall of last year in Genesee, Wyoming, Erie and Cattaraugus counties.

Hensley was charged in Wyoming with four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon; two counts each of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property; and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Hensley has been in and out of state prison since 1997. He was released from his last stint in September 2018. That was for a burglary conviction.

Hensley in 2001 was arrested in Wyoming County for attempting to sell stolen handguns and heroin to an undercover officer. He was discovered to be part of a gun-trafficking ring where guns were stolen from Pennsylvania and sold in New York.

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