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POLICE SAY THIEVES USED LOOT TO FURNISH BUILDING

Loot stolen during summertime thefts in Castile apparently was used to set up house in an abandoned factory, Wyoming County sheriff's deputies said Tuesday.

The 18-year-old "resident" of that building, along with five youths, have been charged in connection with the thefts, Sgt. Edward Till reported. James Eddy, 18, of Jackson Street, Attica, was charged with two counts of burglary and one of petit larceny.

The five youths are boys and girls ranging in age from 13 to 15 and residents of Castile or Warsaw. The charges include burglary, petit larceny and criminal trespass.

Two burglaries and several other thefts were reported between July 20 and 25, Till said. An estimated $2,000 in property had been stolen from the Masonic Temple on North Main Street, and the former Kittinger Furniture Co., also on North Main, was broken into and vandalized.

In late July, Till received a tip that someone had been living in the old Kittinger building, which was vacated after the plant closed in the fall of 1992. When Till went there to investigate, someone jumped out of a second-story window and fled. That person later was identified as Eddy, the sergeant said.

Most of the property stolen from the Masonic Temple was found inside the abandoned plant. The living quarters included furniture, mirrors, a coffee pot, glasses, tables and food.

About 90 percent of the stolen property was recovered, Till said.

The juveniles were petitioned to Family Court; Eddy was arraigned in Village Court and was released in a relative's custody pending future court action.

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