Law enforcement officers early Sunday arrested two Rochester men who were apparently using realty listings to target vacant homes for burglary, Niagara County sheriff's officials said.
Investigators said they used a sophisticated thermal imaging night vision camera to locate the two hiding in a cornfield next to a burglarized property.
Leslie T. Luxon, 39, and Donald M. Walls, 32, were interrupted while burglarizing a home on Wilson-Cambria Road near Ide Road at about 2:30 a.m., deputies said.
After checking through a global positioning system found in the men's car, investigators noticed that they had recently entered the addresses of several area homes that were being offered for sale and were potentially vacant.
In checking one of the addresses, deputies found that it, too, had been freshly burglarized.
Luxon and Walls were charged with felony counts of burglary, grand larceny and criminal mischief, as well as misdemeanor counts of criminal trespassing, criminal possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.
Each was jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail, pending future appearances in Wilson Town Court.
Deputies were called to the Wilson-Cambria Road address by a neighbor who reported seeing flashlights in a barn at the address, as well as a suspicious vehicle parked behind the nearby vacant residence. Upon arrival, deputies noticed pry marks on a rear door to the residence and found that a door jamb to one of the outbuildings on the property also had been forced open.
In the trunk of the vehicle, deputies located three bundles of copper tubing, much of which had been removed from the basement of the Wilson-Cambria Road home, according to sheriff's reports. The other burglarized property, a short distance away on Lower Mountain Road in Cambria, also had significant amounts of copper plumbing removed from its basement, deputies said.