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Man who 'felt guilty' confesses to stealing power tools from church

A City of Tonawanda man who was taken into custody Sunday for stealing $1,800 worth of power tools from a church admitted to the crime, according to City of Tonawanda police.

Paul D. Biniaszewski, 49, told police he "felt guilty" about taking assorted power tools March 13 from the garage of St. Francis Church, 144 Broad St., officials said.

Biniaszewski was charged Sunday night with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny. Police said that following an investigation, Biniaszewski was taken into custody Sunday night, where he admitted to detectives that he was responsible for the burglary and afterward "felt guilty" about committing the crime.

Biniaszewski told detectives where the stolen property was located, and police were in the process of locating it.

City of Tonawanda officials said detectives Thomas Kitson and Mathew Wark along with patrol officer David Kraft were "instrumental in obtaining information which resulted in the arrest."

Biniaszewski was arraigned Monday morning in Tonawanda City Court with bail set at $5,000. He is due back in court at 9:30 a.m. Thursday for a felony hearing.

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