BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two men are facing more than 45 charges for burglarizing mom and pop shops throughout the southtowns.
Police in multiple municipalities worked together and caught the suspects.
Authorities say Adam Fruchtel, 29, and Kevin Carney, 30, robbed businesses for three weeks. Police say the suspects were too brazen and were eventually caught.
Fruchtel and Carney robbed at least 11 businesses in the southtowns, according to police. The first one took place on Feb. 15 at a pizzeria.
Last Friday, police were waiting for them to come to the Town of Evans after investigation. The pair broke into a business and fled the scene.
They ended up in the Town of Hamburg where police set up a perimeter.
Police found their car parked in a driveway, but the men had taken off on foot.
Due to the fresh snow, police could see their footprints around the house. One of the suspects was located on Route 5 and taken into custody.
Officers tracked the other one into a wooded area, where a canine found him shortly after.
“They would typically smash out the windows in the businesses, but they also used pry bars and hammers to force open locked doors,” said Orchard Park Police Detective Lieutenant Patrick McMaster.
Town of Hamburg Police Captain Kevin Trask said, “These guys were hitting, other than Pizza Hut, were hitting traditionally mom and pop stores. I think the reason for that is because these stores have less stringent cash drop policies. So, generally, they have more cash on hand.”
Fruchtel and Carney were taken to the station and questioned. Police say they admitted their involvement in close to a dozen other burglaries in the southtowns. Officers are investigating other cases and say more charges could be issued.
Fruchtel and Carney are being held without bail.