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Off-duty officer detains suspect in Amherst car break-ins

A man suspected of rifling through vehicles parked in a Williamsville neighborhood early Sunday was detained by an off-duty police officer until Amherst police arrived.

Town police said they got a call at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday about a larceny in progress on North Ellicott Street. The caller reported that he saw a suspicious person next to a friend’s vehicle.

Once the suspect was spotted, he tried to leave the area, police said. But the caller, an off-duty officer from another agency, detained him until town police arrived.

Officers found that numerous vehicles in the neighborhood had been gone through, and recovered stolen property, police reported.

Scott Coons, 28, of Cheektowaga, was charged with a felony count of burglary and a misdemeanor count of petit larceny. Following arraignment before Town Justice Kara Buscaglia, he was sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $1,500 cash bail.

Police said their investigation continues and anyone with information on the case should call them at 689-1322.