Tracks in snow lead police to suspect

Posted at 1:05 PM, Jan 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 13:05:55-05

Police have arrested a Jamestown man after witnesses reportedly saw him use a hammer to break a neighbor's porch window.

New York State Police responded to the suspicious call in Bemus Point Tuesday around 11:00 a.m..

Witnesses say they saw a man take off in a car. Police later spotted the vehicle and identified the suspect as 23-year-old Richard H. Rolfe. 

The car was later found on S. Lakeside Ave. According to police, Rolfe was seen running from the Casino Restaurant toward the Hotel Lenhart.

With the help of K9 units from the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, Lakewood-Busti Police, and Jamestown Police, troopers were able to find tracks in the snow that showed Rolfe got into the Hotel Lenhart through a window.

Police say Rolfe later tried to escape the hotel, but was taken into custody without further incident.

Rolfe is charged with two counts of Burglary 3rd degree, Driving while Ability Impaired by Drugs and Criminal Mischief 4th degree.

He was arraigned in the Town of Ellery Court and is being held in the Chautauqua County Jail.




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