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A $20,000 air compressor, stolen from a Thruway construction site Oct. 1, 1994, and the subject of a Crime Stopper alert two weeks ago, has been recovered by the North Tonawanda Police Department.

North Tonawanda Police Detective Glenn Gardner said Friday that he received a phone call from a source that said someone had purchased the stolen compressor for $2,000 cash and had invested money in making repairs to it before reading the Crime Stopper item in The Buffalo News on March 14.

"I was told the purchaser was really upset when he learned that he had bought a stolen compressor," Gardner said. "It's an Ingersoll Rand, Model 185-CFM, with blue stripes, and it perfectly fits the description of the one taken."

He said police were led to the huge piece of equipment, which Gardner says weighs about two tons, in the rear of a large North Tonawanda garage. They then had it towed to police headquarters, pending return to its rightful owner.

He said the person giving him the information has declined any offer of a reward from the Crime Stopper organization.

Lambros Apostolopoulos, owner of Allied Coatings Inc., an Amherst painting firm, said the compressor was at a site on the Scajaquada ramp of the Thruway west at Elmwood Avenue when it was taken during the night by unknown persons.

Police said they would confirm the serial number on the compressor with Allied Coatings and then arrange to have it returned.

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