Share this article

print logo

Amherst student housing resident arrested in burglaries

Amherst Police Detectives arrested a man on charges connected to multiple burglaries at an off-campus private student housing complex near the University at Buffalo North Campus early Wednesday.

Christopher Mclean, 25, who lives at The Villas East where the burglaries occurred, was charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of stolen property, grand larceny, forgery, identity theft and criminal impersonation by Detectives Robert Cunningham and Mark Pitirri.

The detectives recovered stolen property – mostly electronics – during burglaries at other apartments in the same complex in early August.

Detective Lieutenant Rick Walter said the property was obtained through entering unlocked doors and open windows. He said he was glad the alleged thief was arrested before students begin returning to campus in the next couple of weeks.

The identity theft and forgery charges stem from Mclean’s stealing the identities of an East Side couple who allowed him to stay at their house earlier in the year, and opening credit cards in their names.

Mclean, who is not a UB student, is also the prime suspect in five other burglaries this month in the same complex, and two that occurred in a nearby neighborhood.

Mclean is currently on probation for a burglary arrest in another nearby student housing complex in 2013. He was arraigned Thursday and held on $10,000 bail.