West Seneca police hope they have solved a yearlong series of thefts of stainless steel refrigeration parts worth more than $10,000 with the arrest Tuesday night of a Buffalo man outside United Dairy Machinery Corp. at 301 Meyer Road.
Police said between $10,000 and $20,000 worth of stainless steel heat exchangers stored in the plant were taken in about four or five thefts over the past year. Company officials and police had found no pattern to the thefts.
Police recovered an unspecified number of the heat exchangers in the suspect's car after responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle outside the plant at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. Officers Ed Clinton and Don Hanley arrested Christopher Waz, 32, of Mesmer Street.
The company owner requested that the suspect be charged only with trespassing, police said today.