Two Clarence men have been charged in the theft of copper wire and pipes from a vacant Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority building in Cheektowaga on Thanksgiving Day, the authority reported Wednesday.
William H. Bartlebaugh Jr., 23, and David D. Cummings, 41, were arrested on multiple charges, including felony counts of burglary and grand larceny.
Three additional suspects remain at large.
Bartlebaugh and Cummings were caught early last Thursday in a building scheduled for demolition, according to C. Douglas Hartmayer, an NFTA spokesman.
That site, at 195 Holtz Drive, is part of a parking lot expansion project at Buffalo Niagara International Airport that will add 1,000 parking spaces to the Long Term B Lot on Holtz.
NFTA Police Lt. John Heritage and Officers David Jaworek, Mario Capozzi, Louis Loubert, Charles Loubert, Michael Dau, Michael Bielanin and David Drozdiel, along with K-9 Officer Mark Martinelli, made the arrests. They were assisted by Erie County sheriff’s deputies and Cheektowaga police.
Following arraignment in Cheektowaga Town Court, Bartlebaugh and Cummings were sent to the Erie County Holding Center pending further court action.