Caught on camera: two men burglarizing Clarence farm

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CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) – Sheriff’s deputies are searching for two men who they say burglarized a farm in Clarence, and it was all caught on surveillance cameras.

Two men swept through buildings at Maple Row Farm on Salt Road, making off with valuable farm tools and equipment.

It’s a major setback for owner Hans Mobius and his family.

He said, “They came in, they really cleaned us out. They stole all the tools from our tool shed.”

Maple Row Farm is well known in Western New York for their horses, and civic involvement.

The break-in was caught on surveillance video showing two men, one of them wearing a distinctive “Letchworth” sweatshirt, who seemed to recognize he was being recorded, and then ducked. Their getaway vehicle was a dark-colored Chevy pickup.

“They backed into the driveway and backed into one of the barns, and they went into the main barn, but they couldn’t find anything worthwhile,” said Mobius.

But the pair then broke into the tool shed, where they stole a number of important tools and equipment, such as chainsaws, a generator, and lawn trimmers. He estimated the loss at just about $2,000.

“We repair fences, for instance, and we had electric battery-operated saws, and drills, and those are the things we need very badly, and we don’t have them right now.”

Erie County Sheriff’s police detectives are investigating the burglary. Chief Scott Joslyn said break-ins in rural areas like this seem to be on the rise, because of their seclusion.

“Under the cover of darkness, and homes that are back in the woods, they seem to become increasingly, more and more of a target.”

What would the burglars do with these tools? Joslyn doubts the suspects stole the equipment for their own use.

“These types of items can be sold quickly on the black market. It is usually, we find, to support some type of a drug habit, and they are hard to track, hard to trace.”

But these tools won’t be so easy to fence. Investigators have a list of the missing items, with the model and serial numbers.

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