A Kings Park man armed with a loaded .40 caliber handgun and a switchblade knife was arrested at the Riverhead Walmart yesterday after he was caught by store security trying to steal ammunition, according to Riverhead Town Police.

Walmart security called police at about 4:45 p.m. yesterday to report a male shoplifter inside the store. The man had removed ammunition and was attempting to conceal it on his person, store security told police, according to a press release issued by Riverhead Police this morning.

Nicholas Kieltyka, 30, of Kings Park had a loaded .40 caliber handgun on his waist, along with an additional magazine loaded with .40 caliber rounds. He also carried a switchblade knife, police said.

Police searched Kieltyka’s vehicle and found an unauthorized assault rifle and numerous high-capacity magazines, according to the report.

Kieltyka was charged with: criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a class C felony; 12 counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a class D felony; criminal possession of a firearm, a class E felony; criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor; and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Kieltyka was transported to the Riverhead Police Department where he was processed and held for morning arraignment, police said.


Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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