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Police have suspect in break-ins at college sports offices

SANBORN – Police investigating break-ins and thefts from sports offices at area colleges appear to have traced at least some of the crimes to a Buffalo man, authorities said.

Following a break-in at the office of Niagara County Community College basketball coach William Beilein on Dec. 3, NCCC security personnel were contacted by Rochester Institute of Technology authorities, who had surveillance photo images of someone wearing a NCCC sweatshirt during a break-in there.

Cellphones were among items taken in each break-in, and investigators were able to trace the phones to a store in Buffalo, authorities said. The suspect, who has not been identified, is linked to break-ins at Niagara University and SUNY at Buffalo State, Niagara County sheriff’ deputies said.

The suspect was arrested on a charge of trespassing following the RIT break-in, Further charges are pending, deputies said.

Deputies added that the suspect was on the NCCC campus at the time of the Dec. 3 burglary, in which Beilein’s cellphone was stolen, along with a NCCC student’s backpack containing a cellphone and other items.