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April 22, 2013

Falls man accused of stealing guns

STAFF REPORTS
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A Niagara Falls man faces several charges after Niagara County sheriffs deputies investigated a report of a possible burglary in progress at a Lake Road property Thursday.

Kristopher L. Buehler, 28, 1814 18th St., Niagara Falls was arrested after deputies found two firearms, believed to have been taken from the residence, in the back of a pickup truck.

According to reports from the sheriff’s office, patrol responded to a report of a suspicious man in all white clothing walking around a Lake Road residence.

A deputy saw an unoccupied pickup truck parked on the side of the road in front of the property. A black computer case was sitting on the truck floor, in front of the passenger seat. He and a second deputy then saw the suspect walking in the back yard. The man identified himself as Buehler.

Buehler told deputies that he knocked at the front door to see if anyone was home because he needed help fixing his mother’s broken down truck. He explained that no one answered the door, so he then walked around the residence and knocked on the back door to see if anyone answered again. When no one answered the back door, Buehler said he decided to walk to the lake.

According to the report, Buehler said he drove to the Wilson area with his mother to look at apartments. When the truck broke down, Buehler said his mother called a friend to pick her up and bring her home to Niagara Falls. Buehler addeed he was waiting for his mother to return with a mechanic to fix the truck and drive him home.

Using Buehler’s cell hone, deputies called his mother, who confirmed the story and added her computer should be inside the truck. She also gave deputies permission to search her truck.

Deputies then checked the exterior of the residence and discovered the rear sliding glass door was unsecured, as was the front door.

A deputy then spoke with a neighbor who reported the suspicious male. The neighbor said Buehler knocked on his door asking for help with his truck, but he neighbor was unable to help Buehler. The neighbor added the woman who lives at the residence where Buehler was found is on vacation.

A second witness said she saw a white male dressed in all white clothing walking down the driveway of the property where Buehler was found, carrying what appeared to be a white garbage bag to his truck.

Deputies contacted the homeowner, who said she was vacationing in California, and added she is certain that she secured all the doors to her residence. She gave deputies permission to search her house, and said she keeps two long guns on the property.

Patrol was not able to locate the guns. Deputies then searched the truck and found a white blanket, with unknown objects wrapped inside it beneath a blue tarp in the bed of the truck. They unwrapped the blanket and found the two guns, along with a woman’s purse filled with assorted ammunition.

Buehler was charged with burglary for illegally entering a dwelling, criminal possession of stolen property, grand larceny, petit larceny and unlawful possession of marijuana after Buehler admitted to having a small amount of marijuana on him. According to the report, the combined value of the two firearms is $600.

Buehler was arraigned in Town of Wilson court and held in lieu of $5,000 bail. He is due back in court on Thursday at 7 p.m.