GRAND ISLAND MAN ARRESTED ON SEVERAL BURGLARY CHARGES- PRIME SUSPECT IN OTHERS
TERRORIZED ELDERLY WOMAN
Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is announcing the arrest and arraignment of a Grand Island man who detectives say terrorized an elderly Grand Island woman on East River Road for a several weeks by repeatedly and methodically stealing sentimental and valuable items from the victim’s home and property and then taking the stolen items to local pawn shops. At one point in mid- August, a brazen 30 year old Justin W. Slaiman of Baseline Road smiled at the home owner, in broad daylight as he placed a ladder near the woman’s laundry room window. He later bolted, leaving behind his burglary tools before Erie County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene. An investigation revealed the screen was removed and a knife with a 12” blade and a wooden handle was stuck in the mud next to the ladder.
Slaiman was arrested in connection with this case on September 28th by Detectives Brian Ohara; Steve Meerboth; Shaun Young; Deputy Angela Kopacz and Deputy Sean Young. He was charged with the following: (C) Felony- burglary- illegal entry with criminal intent; (D) Felony- attempted burglary – armed with a deadly weapon; (E) Felony- grand larceny – value property greater than $1,000.00; (E) Felony- criminal mischief 3rd degree- damage to another’s property; (D) Felony – burglary with intent to commit a crime; (A) Misdemeanor- criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree; and another (A) Misdemeanor-possession of burglar tools.
Slaiman pleaded not guilty at his arraignment over the weekend; he remains jailed until his felony hearing on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, in Grand Island Town Court. He also remains a prime suspect in several other burglary cases on Grand Island since March. More charges are pending.
Some of the items Slaiman stole from the victim and tried to pawn with some success, include military memorabilia; various types of scrap metal; and other sentimental artifacts.