State police arrested three men at a Collins scrapyard as they loaded 38 used brake drums used on commercial vehicles onto a pickup about 4 a.m. Sunday.
Francis G. Chaplin, 32, and Joseph C. Mooney, 31, both of Buffalo, are in Erie County Holding Center pending court proceedings on charges of felony grand larceny and third-degree criminal trespass. Shaun I. Ellison, 31, of Forestville is charged with petit larceny and criminal trespass, and received an appearance ticket for Collins Town Court.
State police at the Collins Barracks established a surveillance detail after the first thefts from the scrpayard last Tuesday. Each of the brake drums weighs more than 100 pounds, authorities said.