By Matt Gryta
News Staff Reporter
Erie County sheriff’s investigators seek more information about the activities of two burglary suspects arrested shortly after an incident Tuesday in Elma.
John Kelley, 55, and Thomas Schleer, 27, both of Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, were arrested by Deputy Tom Was in a parking lot close to the Bippert’s Farm store on Clinton Street after the deputy responded to a suspicious incident call from workers there about 5:15 a.m., sheriff’s officials said Thursday.
The workers noticed Kelley and Schleer hanging around outside the store and got their descriptions and the license plate of the car they were driving, passing that information along to the Sheriff’s Office.
Was arrested both men in a car parked in the lot near the store and confiscated from the car a pry bar, two razor knives and a painting tool used by burglars, sheriff’s officials said.
Kelley was charged with third-degree felony burglary, false impersonation, possession of burglar’s tools and attempted petit larceny. Deputies said Kelley tried to pass himself off as his brother, which a document check quickly showed to be false. Schleer was charged with third-degree burglary, possession of burglar’s tools and attempted petit larceny.
The sheriff’s Detective Bureau is seeking public’s help in other recent unsolved burglary cases and asks that anyone with information contact investigators at 667-5224.