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January 8, 2014

Man charged in attempted break-in, shoplifting incidents

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — staff reports

A Lockport man is facing charges connected to a break-in on Crestwood Court West and a shoplifting incident at Walmart on South Transit Road, both Saturday night.

Allen J. Tomaino, 26, of Lincoln Avenue, was charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and harassment after Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies arrested him on Crestwood Court West. He was then given a Friday town court appearance ticket for fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property for reportedly taking three Playstation 3 games from Walmart.

Deputies investigating the break-in reported finding several game systems, still in sealed boxes, on the back seat of a vehicle at 8:45 p.m. Saturday at Crestwood Court West. Deputies said they found damaged security devices on the ground.

Tomaino attempted to run from the scene, but was caught. A couple had called the sheriff’s office when they found a door forced open and the house ransacked. Tomaino, who was put into handcuffs by police, threatened to kill the couple, according to a sheriff’s arrest report.

Nothing was missing from the ransacked house. A neighbor told deputies she saw Tomaino putting the boxes into the vehicle.

While in custody, Tomaino reportedly said he had taken the games from Walmart. He was driven there by a friend.

Tomaino’s friend, Anthony F. Cross, 24, 6301 Robinson Road, Apt. 1, was also charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property in the Walmart theft. Cross was given a court appearance ticket for Friday in Lockport Town Court.