VIGILANT POLICE PATROL HELPS NAB THREE SUSPECTED BURGLARS
March 8, 2012- City of Buffalo- Errie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard is announcing the arrest of three brothers from Geneva, New York, on several felony charges for their roles in burglarizing a grocery store on Olean Road in the Town of South Wales early this morning.
19 year old Steven Cruz-Figuera ; 27 year old Luis Diaz-Figueroa; and 24 year old Pedro Diaz have all been charged with felony burglary in the 3rd degree; felony criminal mischief; and felony grand larceny. All were taken into custody without incident and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center pending their arraignment in Wales Town Court.
The suspects were apprehended a few hours later at about 4:30 a.m. after a Village of Lancaster police officer pulled their vehicle over for driving without a headlight. Upon inspection of the vehicle, the officer noticed in plain view, several bags of cigarettes and cigars. While getting the suspects out of the car, Lancaster Police Officer Shawn Zaffram and Lt. Anthony Marrano noticed a metal cash box tip over; inside the cash box was money and sales slips marked with the name and address of the burglarized store in Wales.
Lancaster Police immediately notified the Sheriffs' Office and we responded to help secure the scene and obtain a search warrant. Deputy Sean Young and Captain Ron Kenyon of the ECSO responded to the burglary scene and determined that entry to the store had been made by one of the suspects who crawled through a vent pipe which opened to the rear of the store.
All three suspects were brought back to Chestnut Ridge Headquarters for questioning. They were subsequently questioned and charged by Sr.
Detective Jim Hatch; Detectives Matt Noecker; Jack Graham; and Greg McCarthy. As previously stated, they await arraignment.
Also, these suspects are persons of interest in several other similar burglaries in Erie and surrounding counties. The investigation continues.
"This arrest further emphasizes the necessity for vigilance of police officers on patrol", said Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard. "If it hadn't been for the Lancaster police officer being observant, these suspects would probably have gotten away and committed more burglaries".