A Town of Hamburg man was charged by Orchard Park police Wednesday with breaking into a lumber business on South Taylor Road hours after detectives questioned him about a late-night incident at that same location Tuesday.
Timothy J. Grandits, 27, was freed on $1,000 bail after being charged with attempted grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of controlled substances.
Orchard Park police said they first confronted Grandits early Wednesday after getting a call about a suspicious man seen in the 6000 block of Big Tree Road. A homeowner told police that a man, later identified as Grandits, told him his truck had broken down in the lot of 84 Lumber on South Taylor.
When police checked on that lumber yard they found a pickup truck with an attached trailer backed up in front of a pile of plywood, some of which had already been loaded into the trailer, and saw a man running west from the lumber yard.
With assistance of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, authorities traced the pickup truck to Grandits, who was confronted at his South Park Avenue home and agreed to go to Orchard Park Police Headquarters for questioning. He was ultimately allowed to leave after being told that an investigation of the lumber yard incident would be continuing.
Then, at about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, Grandits returned to 84 Lumber and was arrested for having a stolen “chop saw” in his truck and two prescription medications that he allegedly had not been prescribed.
Grandits now faces further proceedings in Orchard Park Town Court.
He has been charged with attempted grand larceny, possession of stolen property and drug offenses, as well as a trespass count linked to the lumber yard incident, according to Orchard Park police.