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Police seek help in pharmacy burglaries

The Sheriff’s Offices of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties seek assistance from the public in their joint investigation of recent pharmacy burglaries in the area.

On May 29, The Corner Drug Store in the village of Cattaraugus was broken into by smashing a glass window, but the suspects were scared off by an audible alarm before they could steal anything. On that same morning, the Johnson Pharmacy in the village of Mayville was broken into and a small quantity of drugs was stolen after the subject(s) broke a window and entered into the pharmacy.

On June 10, it was reported that some unknown subject(s) attempted entry into the pharmacy located in the village of Randolph. The subject(s) were unable to make entry and nothing was stolen.

On June 11, at around 5:30 a.m., The Sherman Pharmacy in the village of Sherman was broken into. The subject(s) broke and entered through a front window, but were scared off by an audible alarm and didn’t have time to steal anything.

The Sheriff’s offices are asking for the public’s help in identifying the persons responsible for any one of these break-ins and also to be observant and report any suspicious activity seen.

If anyone has any information regarding these crimes, please call 1-800-78-CRIME as WETip offers up to $1,000 when the anonymous tip leads to an arrest and conviction. Rewards are paid anonymously through postmasters to protect the identity of the caller. If you prefer to talk personally to the Sheriff’s investigators in Chautauqua County, they can be reached at 716-753-4925 and Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s at 716-938-2334.

Four charged in Erie County burglaries

Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard has announced the arrests of four Buffalo males suspected of committing several burglaries in the towns of Marilla, Wales, Holland, Concord and North Collins.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, four suspicious males went to a woman’s house in Marilla and asked for directions to Buffalo. Concerned because her neighbor’s house had been burglarized the day before, the woman called the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and reported descriptions of the men and the car.

The suspect vehicle was spotted a short time later at the Yellow Goose store on Rt. 20A by deputies. The four subjects were taken to Sheriff’s Patrol Headquarters in Chestnut Ridge Park for questioning. After lengthy questioning by Sheriff’s Office detectives, Sean Guthrie, age 20 of East Lovejoy Street; Jeremy Agosto, age 21 of Greene Street; a 19-year old male and a 17-year old male were arrested. All four subjects were charged with second-degree attempted burglary in the second degree, a class D felony),and taken to the Erie County Holding Center to await arraignment.

Information gained in the investigation implicates the men in nearly a dozen other burglaries committed in the area over the last two months.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

JAMESTOWN – David A. Bemis, 44, of Jamestown was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and unlicensed operation Wednesday. Bemis was charged following a traffic stop by deputies on North Main Street at 4:47 p.m. A licensed driver took possession of the vehicle and Bemis was released on an appearance ticket for Jamestown City Court.