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LOCKPORT – Michael D. Maacks, 25, of South Street, Lockport, pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court Monday to an indictment charging him with stealing equipment from a Lockport business and possessing property stolen from an Amherst construction site.

Maacks is charged with third-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief in connection with an April 16 theft of tools and copper wire from Custom Crews in Lockport, Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Seaman said.

Maacks also faces counts of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools, stemming from a May 14 arrest in North Tonawanda, where police stopped a rented truck containing $15,000 worth of stolen tools, supplies and copper pipes and fittings taken from Amherst.

Codefendant Shane R. Pearce, 24, of Walnut Street, Lockport, pleaded guilty Oct. 9 to third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and agreed to testify against Maacks in the North Tonawanda case. Pearce was assigned to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.