Buffalo Men Arrested

April 15, 2011 Updated Apr 15, 2011 at 5:02 PM EDT

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Buffalo Men Arrested

April 15, 2011 Updated Apr 15, 2011 at 5:02 PM EDT

( release ) Two Buffalo men were arrested early Friday, when they were interrupted in a burglary of a business in the city's northeast sector.

Police from the Northeast District were able to observe the crime in progress, and arrested 19 year old Andrew Skutnik of South Park Avenue and William Harris, 21 years old, of Seneca Street around 12:30 this morning.

The business - Harlan Electric at 186 Warwick Street - has been targeted in the past by thieves, apparently in search of copper wire.

Detectives James P. Dunham and Nicholas A. Mourgas observed the pair loading the property into a black 1997 Honda CRV.

The vehicle was stopped at Deerfield Avenue and Warwick Avenue by Police Officer Kevin Kindzierski, assisted by Lieutenants Paul J. Flanagan and Paul K. Mullen.

Police charged the pair with burglary, grand larceny and possession of stolen property.

The suspects had entered the business property from a backyard, on Wyoming Avenue, and loaded a 3250 watt gas generator along with several rolls of copper wire valued in excess of $1,000.00.

The pair of burglary suspects were booked and are presently held at the Erie County Holding Center, awaiting court proceedings.