Two men were arrested on burglary charges Monday in Evans after a sharp-eyed resident noticed a change in their apparel, police said.
Lester D. Moody, 19, of North Street, Buffalo, and Samuel M. Nupert, 18, of no permanent address, were taken into custody at about 2 p.m., apparently heading for a Metro Bus stop.
"A lot of people keep an eye out for their neighbors. This one was really sharp," Lt. Samuel DeJohn explained.
DeJohn said the resident spotted the men, walking around empty-handed and with no coats, at about 12:30 p.m. near Roanoke Road.
Later, the resident noticed the same men leaving a house on the 400 block of Roanoke with bulging plastic garbage bags and wearing Buffalo Bills football team jackets. One of the men also was wearing a Yankees cap.
Both Moody and Nupert were charged with felony burglary and grand larceny after being stopped and questioned by police, DeJohn said.
The two were unable to explain their cache of stereo equipment, telephones, compact discs and articles of clothing in the plastic bags, police said.
After an appearance in Evans Town Court, the men were sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $10,000 bail each.
DeJohn, who was assisted by Detective Daniel Eppolito and Patrolman Ernie Masullo, noted that the two are not the first to use public transportation to reach the area and burglarize homes.
"We had three burglary suspects at the beginning of this year who took the (Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority) bus," DeJohn said.