CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Authorities have charged a Cheektowaga man with a string of as many as six burglaries in the George Urban/Beverly Hills Park area of the town.
Michael Rojas was arrested on Monday shortly after Cheektowaga Police posted a surveillance photo on their Facebook page. Though police received many tips from the public, authorities say it was officers on routine patrol who caught Rojas after spotting him walking on George Urban Boulevard.
After stopping him, police say they discovered Rojas had items on his person stolen from a house that morning.
Officers say the 23-year-old has been linked to burglaries on McNaughton Avenue, Westland Parkway, Rosewood Terrace and Crescent Court in a spree that appears to have begun on September 4. According to police, in most cases, Rojas gained access to the homes by cutting a screen and opening a window. He allegedly stole electronics, jewelry and cash.
Rojas is charged with three counts of second degree burglary, criminal mischief, petit larceny and grand larceny.
Police say additional charges are pending. They believe Rojas was burglarizing homes to support a heroin addiction.
Rojas is being held on $50,000 bail.
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