A man and a woman were arrested Monday and charged with invading an apartment and hauling out a large amount of property while the occupants watched, Sheriff's Deputy James Lucas said.
Chevannes A. Robinson, 34, of 75 South St., was charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and fourth-degree criminal mischief. Adrienne R. Drew, 19, of 165 Olcott St., was charged with the burglary and grand larceny counts.
Melissa A. Carson, 23, told Lucas that a man and two women forced their way into her apartment at 6555 Lincoln Ave. about 12:14 a.m. She said the man kicked down a locked bedroom door and began carrying out electronics and clothing. Ms. Carson told Lucas that when she tried to intervene, the man threatened her with a 12-inch knife.
The property belonged to another resident, John P. Oliver, who Lucas said showed up during the crime, along with his girlfriend, Elizabeth Scirto. Lucas said Oliver named the suspects.
Lucas said he arrived in time to see a car leaving the scene which turned out to be registered to Ms. Drew. Lockport police located that auto, parked in front of 13 William St., a few minutes later.
Lucas said Officer John P. Nolan stopped another car, driven by another woman, which also contained Robinson and Ms. Drew. They were arrested, while the driver was let go after questioning. Lucas said that woman told officers that the property stolen from the Lincoln Avenue apartment could be found in a shed behind Casa Montego, a bar at 37 Heath St.
Lucas said several officers went there and, after obtaining permission from the owners, entered the shed and recovered the goods. Lucas said footprints in the snow near the shed matched the shoes worn by Robinson and Ms. Drew.
He said the haul included three bags of clothing, a 27-inch color television set, seven videotapes, a computer game, and stereo gear including a cabinet, a tuner, two amplifiers, a speaker, a dual cassette deck, and a compact disc changer. No dollar estimate of loss was given.