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Concord man arrested and Gowanda man sought for burglaries

One of the two WNY suspects in a number of high-price burglaries in Erie and Cattaraugus counties has been caught and the second is being sought by lawmen throughout the area, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said Wednesday.

Ryann Skiver, 28, of Concord was arrested Monday on grand larceny, burglary and misdemeanor charges for his alleged involvement in a string of Southtowns burglaries and his suspected accomplice, Charles Hecht, also 28,of Gowanda, is the subject of an arrested warrant and is being sought in Erie and Cattaraugus counties by sheriff’s deputies and the New York State Police, Howard said.

Skiver is behind bars now at the Erie County Holding Center in downtown Buffalo in lieu of $35,000 bail. He faces court proceedings later this week in connection with the theft of credit cards, tools, medical equipment, prescription drugs, cell phones and personal documents containing confidential data, Howard said.

Skiver, who has a long history of criminal activity, is a suspect in a string of thefts in the towns of Colden and Holland dating back to April. He and Heckt, who is facing felony and misdemeanor charges related to four recent Erie County burglaries, are both suspected of involvement in a series of unsolved burglaries and thefts throughout Western New York recently, Howard said.