2010-01-06 / Local News

Police track man through snow, charge him with burglary

Amherst police responded to a burglary alarm at Bob Mason’s Service Center, corner of North Bailey and Grover Cleveland Highway, at 1 a.m. Sunday and found the front door had been broken and items taken from inside.

The officers, led by Lt. Pat Lucey, tracked footprints in the snow that led them to the Allenhurst Apartments, about seven-tenths of a mile away.

Upon arrival, officers noticed a man coming out of an apartment and interviewed him. Through their investigation, officers were able to charge him in connection to the burglary.

Nicklaus Simmons, 22, of North Bailey Avenue was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief, petit larceny and possession of stolen property.

Officers reported $400 worth of cigars and cigarettes were taken.

Simmons was arraigned by Judge Mark Farrell and held on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He was due back in court Tuesday, but information on his hearing was not available at press time.

Assistant Chief Timothy Green said detectives are looking into the possibility of the suspect’s connection with other break-ins at the gas station but nothing has been determined at this time.

Green credited the group effort of officers Patrick Mayer, Thomas Brown, David Moore and Kyle Schraufstetter, in tracking the suspect.

In another police report, officers are investigating a burglary at the Getty gas station at 4220 Sheridan Drive. The break-in was reported at 8 a.m. Friday.

According to the report, the suspect(s) gained entry through the roof and caused several thousand dollars in damage. Once inside, cash was taken from the business. A drive-through ATM machine was also broken into from the inside, and an undisclosed amount of money was taken.

There are no suspects at this time.

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