Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies arrested four teenage boys and a 20-year-old man last week in a series of burglaries in northern Chautauqua County.
Sgt. Peter Pett said Monday that most of the burglaries occurred over the past two months but one happened last October at Brocton High School.
The suspects were identified as James S. Michelson, 17, of Portland; Jacob H. Tunison, 16, of Portland; Nathan E. Horton, 20, of Westfield; and two 15-year-old boys, both of Portland.
Deputies described the five as acquaintances.
A 15-year-old is accused of burglarizing Brocton High School last October, stealing several computers. In the same incident, Michelson has been charged with grand larceny and intimidating a witness. He is accused of stealing the school's dump truck, then abandoning it on Harmon Avenue in the village.
Michelson was being held in Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.
Tunison and the two Portland juveniles were charged with burglary and grand larceny in the break-in of a School Street residence and theft of jewelry and other items. Tunison was being held in Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail and is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Both 15-year-olds were petitioned to Family Court.
Horton and one of the 15-year-olds were charged with burglary, accused of breaking into Portland Congregational Church on Church Street and stealing audio equipment and other items, including a CD player, speakers and amplifiers. Horton also was charged with burglary and larceny, accused of breaking into Luther Dean Greenhouse on Webster Road in Portland, stealing money and gas, deputies said.
Deputies said Horton also is suspected in burglaries of the Rammelt Car Wash in Westfield and H&S Manufacturing Co. in Ripley. Horton was being held in Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $40,000 cash bail and is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing today. Deputies said they anticipate further arrests.