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Tonawanda man charged with burglarizing neighbors’ apartments

A man wearing latex gloves seen leaving the rear of a City of Tonawanda apartment building on Wednesday afternoon was arrested by police responding to a report of a suspicious person and possible burglary in progress.

Gerald L. Crouse also is suspected in a string of four other burglaries in 75 Broad St., where he also lives, dating back to May 23, police said Thursday.

Officers responding quickly to the scene at about 12:30 p.m. found Crouse, 35, exiting a rear door, city police said.

Investigators subsequently found items taken in other burglaries inside Crouse’s apartment.

Police say he knew the schedules of other tenants and used a metal-type shiv to enter the apartments after the tenants left for work.

Police charged Crouse with five counts of second-degree burglary, five counts of petit larceny and possession of burglar tools.

He was arraigned in Tonawanda City Court where bail was set at $9,000. He’s due back in court on Tuesday.