Man refused service allegedly rips down store’s sign


CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Clarence man was arrested after he was refused service and then allegedly ripped down a sign in a store.

Deputies say Otto Reinhardt was in Kenyons Variety on Goodrich Road around 7 p.m. Thursday night when he got into an argument with staff. When he became belligerent, authorities say he was refused service, at which time he ripped down a sign in the store before leaving.

The store clerk went outside to confront Reinhardt about the sign, and deputies say the 47-year-old nearly struck the clerk with his vehicle.

Reinhardt was known to staff inside the store and they reported the incident to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. A short time later, Reinhardt was taken into custody by deputies on charges of fourth degree criminal mischief and second degree reckless endangerment.

He was being held in the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment.

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