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August 2, 2012

K-9 locates Hibbards burglar

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — WILSON — The Lewiston K-9 unit helped in the capture of a thirsty burglary suspect at Hibbards Custard on Young Street just after midnight.

Stephen James Yaksich, 25, 2227 Bellwood Road, Grand Island was charged with third-degree burglary and petit larceny after he was located in the basement.

At 12:49 a.m. Wednesday, the Niagara County sheriff’s patrol responded to Hibbards for the report of a burglary in progress. The deputies set up a perimeter around the building and found a window on the building’s east side which had been broken.

The witness who called 911 said she heard the glass break and saw someone climbing into the business. She said that she did not see anyone exit the business. 

The K9 team from Lewiston responded to the scene. Officer Scott Stafford gave out a K9 warning to any suspects in the building and did not get a response. The dog was released and performed a building search. 

Yaksich was located in the basement and taken into custody. Yaksich had a 3-gallon tub of Birthday Bash ice cream, a T- shirt and an empty bottle of Sunkist pop. 

According to the report, Yaksich admitted that he entered the building through the broken window but did not break the window. He said that he was thirsty and was looking for a drink. Yaksich said that he saw a woman who was calling the police so he grabbed some ice cream and a pop and went down into the basement of the residence. He found a shirt and put it on because he was cold. 

Yakish was arraigned in the Town of Wilson Court and was remanded to Niagara County Jail on $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond. He is due to appear back in the town court on Tuesday.

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