Police arrested a third suspect today who they say helped two companions break into the home of an elderly East Side man last week and rob him of $140,000, officials said.
Paul D. Gorom, 19, was arrested at 9:30 a.m. at his home at 38 Gibson St. by Burglarly Task Force Detectives Thomas Donovan, Thomas McCarthy and Anthony Scinta.
"That's good to hear," the victim said today when informed of the arrest. But $53,000 is still missing.
Gorom was charged with burglary and criminal possession of stolen property, both felonies, and was scheduled to be arraigned sometime today before a City Court judge.
Broadway Station and burglary detectives had been searching for Gorom since the 70-year-old man reported his life savings taken from a dresser in his home during a daylight burglary last Tuesday. The victim was not home at the time.
Shortly after the break-in, police arrested two of the three suspects at Broadway and Mohr Avenue -- just blocks from the victim's home -- and recovered about $87,000.
The remainder of the money has not been found.
"We're still investigating, to try to recover the rest of the loot," a police official said.
The two suspects arrested last week -- brothers Frank Carluccio, 18, of 51 Mills St. and Christopher D. Carluccio, 16, of 28 Memorial Drive -- also were charged with burglary and criminal possession of stolen property.
They have since been freed from the Erie County Holding Center after meeting bail, police said.
In addition to seeking the money, investigators were trying to determine how the suspects knew the victim -- a retired City Hall auditor -- had such a large amount of money in his home.
The victim said last week he had told only his brother, a retired postal employee, about the cash. The man said he had plans to use the money this spring to buy or build a home in West Seneca.