Investigation Continues Into Career Criminal

December 29, 2011 Updated Dec 29, 2011 at 8:40 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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December 29, 2011 Updated Dec 29, 2011 at 8:40 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Detectives are calling this suspect a career criminal with nearly a dozen previous arrests to his name.

Anthony Mills, 48, of 14th Street in Buffalo, along with an 18-year-old man whose name is not being released, are suspects in four burglaries. Three of these crimes were on Grand Island, the others in the Town of Elma.

Erie County Sheriff's Deputies have been working on the case for months. They recovered stolen items from Mills' home, Thursday. These stolen items include a sofa, other furniture, televisions and dozens of other items. Detectives believe he is linked to even more break-ins.

"We certainly don't believe that these four that we've discovered are the only ones that they've committed. And that's what we're in the process of right now, matching property to particular burglaries," Erie County Sheriff's Detective Alan Rozansky said.

Mills is accused of using a U-Haul van and rental cars, going to suburban homes with an accomplice during the day and using a hammer to break in. Detectives said they recovered that hammer in what they are calling an alleged break-in tool kit hid in a knapsack.

If you have information about the stolen items, the Erie County Sheriff's Office wants to hear from you at 716-858-7608.