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Two Niagara County residents accused of stealing backhoe buckets

LOCKPORT – Two people have been accused of stealing backhoe buckets from a Hartland site, State Police reported.

Ryan M. Peterson, 24, of Gasport, and Mellissa A. Walker, 26, of Hartland, were charged Wednesday with a felony count of grand larceny.

Troopers said the theft was discovered when the owner of a rental property in Hartland went to retrieve two backhoe buckets, valued at $1,300, that were stored there. The investigation led to Peterson and Walker, police said.

Following arraignment in Hartland Town Court, the two were sent to the Niagara County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail each. They’re scheduled to return to court Tuesday.