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STOCKTON – Three men suspected of involvement in a number of daytime burglaries in the Southern Tier and northeastern Pennsylvania were being held Tuesday in the Chautauqua County Jail on burglary counts linked to a Stockton house break-in a month ago, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office announced today.

Dustin W. Hale, 28, of Silver Creek; Alex Tylwalk, 21, of Dunkirk and Richard J. Patterson, 21, of Brocton were in custody on single counts of second-degree burglary each for allegedly breaking into a Town of Stockton home on Route 380 Feb. 17 but fleeing when the home owners returned unexpectedly.

All three were charged in that case based on an investigation by Sheriff investigators Randy Boland, Nick Sobecki, Doug Walter and Larry Klaijbor with assistance of Dunkirk and Westfield police. An investigation continues to see if the three suspects are linked to any of a number of daytime burglaries in the region from late January through mid-February, sheriff’s office spokesmen said.