By Thomas J. Prohaska


LOCKPORT - A man who allegedly stole the burial clothes of a homicide victim to start a reported crime spree in Niagara Falls last fall was arraigned on an eight-count indictment Monday in Niagara County Court.

Ahmed H. McCray, 34, of Willow Avenue, pleaded not guilty to second- and thid-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree grand larceny and four counts of petit larceny.

Assistant District Attorney Joseph A. Scalzo said McCray is accused of burglarizing the home of Luis A. Ubiles of South Avenue, who was shot to death Sept. 25, and stealing the clothes he was to be buried in.

Scalzo said McCray’s fingerprints were found on a broken window at the house, connecting the defendant to the break-in, which occurred Sept. 26 or 27.

According to the indictment, McCray allegedly used a large duffel bag to haul stolen items out of several stores in the Falls. Scalzo said McCray is charged with filling his bag with underwear and T-shirts at the Family Dollar store on Main Street Oct. 6, 7 and 13; 60 packs of cigarettes at a 7-Eleven store on Hyde Park Boulevard Oct. 8; candles, bras and T-shirts at a Dollar General store on Niagara Falls Boulevard later on Oct. 8; and a large supply of cans of Red Bull at the 7-Eleven on Pine Avenue Oct. 13.

McCray also is accused of entering the back office at a Wilson Farms store on Main Street in the Falls Oct. 7 as the clerk was emptying the cash drawer, and stealing less than $200.

Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas ordered McCray held in lieu of $50,000 bail and scheduled a tentative trial date of June 17.