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Four Buffalo residents were arrested in a Dunkirk shopping plaza Friday after they went on a shoplifting spree, stealing merchandise valued at more than $2,000, Dunkirk police reported. The four were found in a vehicle in the D&F Plaza parking lot with the stolen merchandise, along with heroin and hypodermic needles, police said.

Dunkirk police responded to a report of shoplifters in several stores at the plaza, 1170 Central Ave., mid-afternoon Friday. The stolen merchandise included candy, medications, clothing, household items and small electronics devices.

Police said the defendants used a homemade, but effective, device to defeat stores’ anti-theft devices.

Richard D. Ryan, 37, of 486 Legion Drive, was charged with of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, second-degree criminal contempt, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle, and improper switched plates.

Nicole J. Andrews, 32, of 45 Boone St., was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Due to extensive criminal records, Ryan and Andrews are being held without bail.

Police also arrested Alexander Irizarry-Singh, 35, of 131 Deurstein St., on fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Lynn M. Reese, 33, of 40 Hobart St., was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument. In addition, Reese was wanted by the Amherst police on a bench warrant for a petit larceny charge and held on the detainer warrant.

The criminal contempt charge against Reese stems from his violating an order of protection issued by Amherst Town Court, directing him to stay away from Nicole Andrews, Dunkirk police said.

When Reese and Irizarry-Singh were arraigned, bail was set at $25,000 cash and $50,000 property bond.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and Fredonia police assisted in the investigation.

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