Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is announcing the arrest of two Buffalo residents in connection with an attempted burglary at Bippert’s Farm/store on December 18th on Clinton Street in Elma.
55 year old John Kelley and 27 year old Thomas Schleer of Bailey Avenue Buffalo, were arrested without incident a short time after the attempted burglary occurred.
Kelley was charged with a Felony (burglary in the 3rd degree) illegal entry with intent to commit a crime; and three misdemeanors; false impersonation; possession of burglary tools; attempted petit larceny. (He tried to pass himself off as his brother)
Schleer was charged with a Felony-( burglary in the 3rd degree)- illegal entry with intent to commit a crime; and two misdemeanors: possession of burglary tools and attempted petit larceny.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a suspicious incident at around 5:15 PM on December 18th from workers at the farm after they noticed the suspects in areas of the store where they didn’t belong. Before the suspects left, the employees were able to get their description and capture their license plate and relay that information to deputies.
Deputy Tom Was recognized the suspects’ description as it matched the description of the people involved in several other area burglaries that detectives from the Erie County Sheriffs’ Office are investigating; a short time after this incident, Deputy Was noticed the suspects’ car in a nearby store on Transit Road, not far from the Bippert’s Farm /store and made the arrest outside in the store’s parking lot.
Property confiscated from the suspects’ vehicle include a pry bar; two razor knifes; and a painting tool.
The investigation continues. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public that if they have any information about the subjects’ participation in any other crimes, to please call the Detective Bureau @ 667-5224