Fingerprints link defendant to rectory break-in, armed robbery - The Buffalo News
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Fingerprints link defendant to rectory break-in, armed robbery

Three men arrested more than a month ago shortly after they allegedly broke into a South Buffalo rectory, tied up a priest and stole money and other items were arraigned today on an indictment charging them with first-degree burglary and robbery.

Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio ordered continuation of the $250,000 bail previously set for Duane E. Dalton, 25; Michael Rodriguez, 31; and Daniel Bernardi, 21, all of the same address on Harvey Place. They are being held at the Erie County Holding Center.

The bail had been set following their arrest shortly after the break-in around 9 p.m. Sept. 27 in the rectory of Our Lady of Charity Catholic Church, formerly St. Ambrose, on Ridgewood Road.

With at least one of the robbers armed with a knife, police said, the bandits forced Monsignor David Lee to open the safe before tying him up and fleeing with parish money as well as some of his personal property and money.

Assistant District Attorney Paul Parisi told the judge that Bernardi’s fingerprints were found an a window air-conditioning unit that was pushed in to gain entry, that Lee knew and identified the suspect and that the stolen property was found at the location where he was arrested.


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