Two men linked to as many as a half-dozen daylight house break-ins in Lackawanna will be arraigned today.
Jason M. Halbrook, 28, of Warsaw Street, Lackawanna, and Nicholas Faraci, 24, of Lakeshore Road, Angola, arrested Thursday by Lackawanna police, face multiple counts of burglary, grand larceny, criminal mischief and weapons charges.
Capt. Joseph Leo, Lackawanna chief of detectives, said the two are responsible for thefts of up to $20,000 in items, including televisions, computers, coins and jewelry from Lackawanna homes since March 30. They also faces charges in Evans for the seizure of a stolen handgun from Faraci's home, Leo added.
Halbrook was arrested on Wood Street in Lackawanna at about noon Thursday as he tried to run into a home he had burglarized several days earlier.
Leo said that at the time, Halbrook tried to force his way into another Wood Street home when he was confronted by a homeowner and fled -- only to meet up with the victims of the other break-in, which occurred just days earlier.
Leo said that because of an eyewitness identification of a vehicle used in one of the Lackawanna break-ins, the car was tracked to Faraci's Angola home Thursday.
Faraci's father, he said, gave police permission to search, and the suspect was arrested in his bedroom, where a stolen television was recovered.
During the weeklong investigation, Leo said, police recovered a diamond ring stolen by Halbrook and Faraci at an Evans jewelry store.
However, he said, jewelers in Evans and Orchard Park who purchase gold jewelry from the two suspects melted down the items less then 24 hours after the suspects received several thousands of dollars.
Leo also said thousands of dollars worth of loot stolen by the two is sill missing.
Police will ask Lackawanna City Court to set bail at about $250,000, Leo said.