A Boston couple has been arrested in connection with a string of at least six burglaries of bars and restaurants in the Southtowns, investigators from several law enforcement agencies announced Thursday.
Police executed a search warrant Wednesday at the apartment of Jacob Halbert, 23, and Erica Johns, 22. Inside, investigators found cash and liquor bottles believed to have been taken during the burglaries.
Following a string of early-morning burglaries of bars and restaurants in the Village of Hamburg, Town of Hamburg, Town of Evans and Boston over a period of three months, authorities in those municipalities recognized they had a burglary ring on their hands, explained State Police Investigator Robert Gardner.
Video and physical evidence collected at the scenes of the crimes eventually led investigators to Halbert and Johns.
Gardner said the pair allegedly stole about $5,000 and additional bottles of liquor in at least six burglaries, apparently to help feed their drug habit.
They were both charged with burglary and criminal mischief. They were arraigned and were being held at the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $3,000 bail each.
Gardner said police are investigating whether they may be involved in other more recent burglaries in the Southtowns.