Ryan M. Arner

AVON – An Avon man is facing a felony charge following an investigation into the theft of a firearm from a residence on Hillside Drive in the town, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation began Oct. 16 when Deputy Jason Page responded to the residence.

It is alleged through the investigation that Ryan M. Arner, 35, stole the firearm from the residence before selling it to a third party.

Arner was arrested Nov. 17 and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony; and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon,

Deputies did recover the stolen firearm through the investigation.

Arner was turned over to the Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony-level charges and requested that Arner be held without the possibility of bail, due to him having two previous felony convictions.

Arner was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Village of Dansville Justice Scott Kenney, who did remand Arner to the custody of the Sheriff without the possibility of bail.

The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office represented Arner at the arraignment for his defense. The District Attorney’s Office was notified but did not appear at the arraignment.

Assisting with the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office were Deputy Bradley Little and Deputy Michael Wade of the Patrol Division and Investigator Shawn Whitford of the Criminal Investigations Division.

Arner has previously been sentenced to 28 months to 7 years in state prison on charges of third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony, following a 2014 conviction in Livingston County. He was released from state prison in April 2020, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

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