HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) - News 4 has learned that an Erie County grand jury has handed in an indictment, charging Bernard Grucza with second-degree murder. Investigators believe he went into a Toys R Us store, in Hamburg, with the intent to kill Assistant Store Manager Laurence Wells.
Grucza, 38, worked as the regional asset protection manager in charge of loss prevention. He was taken into custody last Wednesday. News 4 has learned DNA was used to connect Grucza to the murder. Wells was stabbed to death in June.
Grucza was at the scene of the crime the day Wells was murdered, speaking to police and hugging fellow employees.
"He was the regional manager, so he had information. We talked to him on a regular basis about the investigation," Capt. Trask said.
Authorities say they believed all along this was an inside job. Surveillance video shows the suspect holding a knife as he entered the store around 4 a.m. on June 29, then entering the manager's office and shutting the door. The surveillance system was then turned off.
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