Amherst, NY (WKBW-Release)
Following a joint investigation with the US Postal Service Office of Inspector General, the Town of Amherst Police Department has arrested Noah J Dombrowski, 29 years old, Buffalo, NY and charged him with four counts of petit larceny (class A misdemeanor).
Dombrowski was employed as a Temporary Employee Letter Carrier for the US Postal Service and investigation discovered that he was removing gift cards from mail that he picked up to be sent out in addition to mail he delivered in the Amherst/Williamsville area.
The victims included a Hospice Volunteer who was originally to receive a gift card for hours of service the past year and then the replacement gift card sent; a Williamsville resident who was to receive a gift card from her elderly grandfather in Florida; a teacher who sent out a birthday card to his nephew.
The investigation was conducted by Amherst Police Detective Herbert Leising and Special Agent Timothy Jones of the US Postal Service Office of Inspector General. Dombrowski is scheduled for arraignment in Amherst Town Court on 9/14/11 at 1300 hrs.
On 08/23/11 at approximately 2347 hrs the Town of Amherst Police Department responded to an alarm activation at Hector’s Hardware, 2455 Niagara Falls Blvd. Upon arrival responding officers discovered forced entry to the business. Officers conducted an interior check of the business with negative results, but determined that entry was gained and an undetermined amount of cash was stolen. Officer Robert Stephens with K-9 Judge and Officer Corey Brown were checking the area for offender(s) and K-9 Judge alerted to a wooded area behind the business. Officers located the offender shortly after wards in the woods and he was apprehended after a foot pursuit. Offender: Sturniolo, Christopher C, 38 years old, Town of Tonawanda, NY. Charges: Burglary 3rd Degree Class D Felony; Petit Larceny Class A Misdemeanor; Criminal Possession of
Stolen Property 5th Class A Misdemeanor; Resisting Arrest Class A Misdemeanor; Criminal Mischief 3rd Class E
Felony; Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd Class A Misdemeanor.