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LACKAWANNA MAN HELD IN MCKINLEY MALL THEFTS

A man accused of grabbing and running with more than $3,000 in merchandise was arrested after running into a relative's house, Hamburg town police said Tuesday.

The thefts occurred during the last week or so at three stores in McKinley Mall, Detective Michael Sauer said. "He piled everything up, put it under his arm and ran out," the detective said, adding that the getaway car usually was parked near a fire exit.

A combination of surveillance videos, photo lineups and a license plate number supplied by a mall patron led to Monday's arrest of Dwayne Buchanan, 38, of Wasson Street, Lackawanna. He was charged with six larceny counts.

Sauer said police had obtained an arrest warrant and were looking for Buchanan when he ran into a relative's house. "We ended up breaking the door down to get him," the detective said.

Buchanan just got out of jail a few months ago, Sauer said, after serving the latest of several sentences. He was accused of stealing designer brands of clothing, which was resold at neighborhood stores in Lackawanna's 1st Ward.

A $200 Columbia ski jacket, for example, would go for $80, Sauer said. None of the stolen property was recovered.

Buchanan remains in the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $7,500 bail.

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