Five men men broke a store window early Wednesday morning, snatched a bicycle, then had 911 called for help because one of the suspects sliced his right arm on the broken glass, Village of Hamburg police said.
The five suspects, ranging in age from 17 to 20, were charged with burglary Wednesday after they allegedly smashed a 4-foot by 6-foot window at Johnny's Bike Shop, 12 E. Main St., Village of Hamburg, and grabbed a $330 BMX bicycle, said Detective Tim Scanlon.
The five suspects fled the scene at about 3:50 a.m., after one of the burglars cut his arm on the broken glass while reaching in to grab another bike, Scanlon said. There was blood all around the burglary scene, Scanlon added.
Shortly after, Town of Hamburg police received a first aid call at the Quality Plaza on South Park Avenue, about a half-mile from the village line.
The 911 call came from the Quality Markets after five men had knocked on the back door of the supermarket to get help for one of the men who was bleeding profusely.
Town of Hamburg police arrived. A bike was found in fields behind the supermarket. Police put two and two
Charged with burglary, petit larceny, possession of stolen property and criminal mischief were Michael Lavtar, 19, of 100 Lake St.; Michael Gemboys, 20, of 47 Salisbury Ave.; John Hill, 18, 4227 S. Park Ave.; James Anderson, 20, 8 Silver St., all of Blasdell; and Matthew Reed, 17, of Ottenbecker Road,
Reed also was charged with grand larceny. While waiting in the police station he tried to steal some mug shots of people he knew, Scanlon said.
Lavtar was taken to Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Lackawanna where he needed two hours of surgery and 200 stitches to mend the laceration to his right forearm, Scanlon added.