Trial date set in four-county crime spree


WARSAW — A judge set a trial date for a Warsaw man accused of committed more than a dozen burglaries and thefts in four counties.

Gary W. Hensley, 44, appeared in Wyoming County Court Wednesday, where Judge Michael Mohun set a trial date for Sept. 13.

Hensley, a career criminal whose past includes arrests for running a gun-selling operation, is charged 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.

He is accused of stealing firearms, tools, jewelry and numerous other items during a three-county crime spree in the summer and fall of 2019.

Wyoming sheriff’s investigators searched a storage shed in Warsaw in January 2020 and found the suspects’ stolen items. Police also searched Hensley’s residence and another storage shed in Perry.

A co-defendant, Valorie Bowers, 36, of Dansville, pleaded guilty in connection with the case and has yet to be sentenced.

Hensley has an extensive criminal past and was once part of a two-state trafficking ring.

He was charged this past October with burglary and firearms theft, in connection with a burglary on Gilhooly Road in Bethany.

His first prison stint was in 1997 at age 22. He served 14 months for dealing marijuana in Genesee County.

He was arrested again in 2001 in Wyoming County after he and another man attempted to sell stolen handguns and heroin to an undercover officer.

Further investigation revealed Hensley was part of a gun-trafficking ring where guns were stolen from Pennsylvania and at least six counties in New York.

He was sentenced in early 2002 to six to eight years in prison. Later that year he was indicted in Genesee County and charged with burglarizing a house in Pavilion and stealing nine weapons.

Other arrests followed over the years and Hensley is currently on post-release supervision, which expires in 2023.

He also has pending charges in Erie, Genesee and Cattaraugus counties.

Also in County Court this week:

n Timothy T. Coney, 42, of Middlebury entered a not guilty plea to an indictment charging him with first-degree criminal contempt of court, aggravated criminal contempt, third-and-fourth-degree criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of a controlled substance, harassment and promoting prison contraband.

Coney was arrested in March after an investigation into a domestic violence complaint.

n Gary E. Lockwood, 51, of Perry pleaded guilty to felony aggravated family offense. Sentencing was set for June 3.

n Stephanie Szabo, 43, of Arcade pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. She is to be sentenced July 14.

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