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Lotto looter bagged at West Seneca gas station

A Christmas Eve stakeout by West Seneca police resulted in the arrest of a 41-year-old Cheektowaga man who broke into a Clinton Street gas station and stole lottery tickets and cigarettes, police said.

Sean P. Kelley was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, petit larceny, resisting arrest and possession of burglary tools in the early morning incident at the Kwik Fill, 3850 Clinton St..

West Seneca Officer Jonathan Luterak was in an unmarked police car about 2:30 a.m. Saturday when he observed a man emerge from the fields behind the closed gas station, police said. Luterak watched as the man broke into a side door of the business and headed to the cash register, where he removed lottery tickets, said Captain Patrick A. Shea.

Luterak called for backup, but the burglar was beginning to flee with a 6-foot pry bar and bag of lottery tickets and cigarettes. After a brief scuffle the suspect was disarmed, taken to the ground and arrested, Shea said.

Kelley is suspected in late-night break-ins at two other West Seneca convenience stores, according to police.


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