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Buffalo shoplifters charged in alleged D&F Plaza thefts

Four Buffalo residents were charged following several alleged thefts from local businesses Friday afternoon. Dunkirk Police Department, with assistance from Fredonia Police and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the D&F Plaza, 1170 Central Ave., around 2:15 p.m., for the report of shoplifters in area stores. Upon investigation, it is alleged 37-year-old Richard D. Ryan, 32-year-old Nicole Andrews, 35-year-old Alexander Irizarry-Singh and 33-year-old Lynn M. Reese utilized a crude homemade, but effective, device to defeat stores’ anti-theft devices. Police allegedly discovered the devices, along with the stolen merchandise, heroin and hypodermic needles in the group’s vehicle. Items taken ranged from candy to medications, clothing, household items and small electronics with a retail value of over $2,000.

Ryan was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, second-degree criminal contempt, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, having an unregistered motor vehicle, having improper and/or switched plates and having an uninsured motor vehicle. The criminal contempt charge stems from a violation of an order of protection issued by Amherst Town Court directing him to refrain from all contact with Andrews.

Andrews was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a hypodermic instrument. Irizarry-Singh was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Reese was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument. In addition, she was wanted by the Amherst Town Police Department on a bench warrant for petit larceny and held on the warrant.

All subjects were arraigned in Dunkirk City Court before Judge David Prince and sent to Chautauqua County Jail. Due to extensive criminal records, Ryan and Andrews were held without bail; Reese and Irizarry-Singh had bail set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 property.