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Two arrested and jailed in probe of business burglaries

MAYVILLE – A 50-year-old Cassadaga man and a 25-year-old Fredonia man were being held Wednesday in the Chautauqua County Jail after their arrests in a continuing probe of county-wide business burglaries, Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace announced.

Kevin J. Weary of Cassadaga has been charged the sheriff said with third-degree burglary and fifth-degree possession of stolen property counts and Joshua M. Link of Fredonia is being held on a third-degree burglary count.

The sheriff said Wednesday that the investigation into the burglaries of county-wide businesses that began about two months ago is continuing and additional arrests are expected..

Weary and Link have been charged with burglaries at the Vineyards Gold Course in Pomfret, the Jamestown Area Federal Credit Union and The Rowdy Rooster in Panama, Hogan’s Hut and the Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union in North Harmony, the 430 Market in Ellery, the Robo Wash in Jamestown and S.A.S. Motors in Ellicott.

Gerace praised the efforts of his deputies in halting the operations of the burglary ring and the cooperation of the Jamestown Police in the Robo Wash burglary.

“The individuals responsible for these crimes would have undoubtedly continued to victimize businesses in the county if their crime spree had not been swiftly interrupted,” Gerace said. “I am proud of the efforts of all those involved in this investigation.”