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Three Man Arrested and Charged with a String of Burglaries | Crime

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Three Man Arrested and Charged with a String of Burglaries

Amherst Police Detectives have charged three Cheektowaga men suspected of twelve burglaries in the Town of Amherst and the Village of Williamsville and at least twenty five or more in the towns of Akron, Alden, Cheektowaga, Clarence, Newstead, and West Seneca.

Kevin Zimmerman 23,  Jeffrey Zimmerman 29, and Alfred Tatman 26 all of Ellen Dr. in Cheektowaga have all been charged with burglary and related charges. The crime spree began in October of last year.  


Information gathered as a result of Officer Julian Chinana’s observations of a suspicious vehicle in the vicinity of a burglary resulted in expanding the investigation to include crimes committed in neighboring jurisdictions.  Amherst Detectives Robert Cunningham and Terrence Walsh conferred with New York State Police Investigators and Erie County Sheriff's Office Detectives who were investigating numerous overnight business burglaries in their jurisdictions. Through those meetings it was learned that the same vehicle was seen leaving the scene of burglaries in the town of Clarence.         


The majority of the break ins occurred at closed businesses during nighttime hours but at least two of the Amherst burglaries were to residences.  In addition three handguns and two long guns were stolen during the burglaries. Detectives from all the agencies are conferring with agents from The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to see if any of the stolen guns have been recovered or used in any subsequent crimes.     


Jeffrey Zimmerman was arraigned in Amherst Town Court by Judge Geoffrey Klein.  Bail was set at $25,000.  Kevin Zimmerman is currently in custody after an arrest by Cheektowaga Police for an attempted burglary in their jurisdiction.  Alfred Tatman is making arrangements to surrender to Amherst Police this week.


All agencies involved are continuing their investigation and more charges are expected.




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