WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A museum burglary ring has been discovered, after a West Senecatheft investigation. Now, two brothers have been arrested forburglaries across New York State.
In October, members of the West Seneca Historical Societyrealized a gun and pocket watch, worth thousands of dollars, weremissing. The stolen items originally belonged to a hermit whoclaimed to be the last survivor of the Jesse James Gang.
Phone records led detectives to a lengthy record of antiquethefts. Information on the West Seneca case circulated throughpolice agencies and several museum burglaries were cleared inWarsaw and Caledonia. Several other investigations are pending.
An arrest warrant for the suspect, 38-year-old Michael Ortiz, ofMedina, was issued in January. Ortiz contacted the West SenecaPolice Department but refused to surrender.
During an all-out search around in the Finger Lakes region,Michael Ortiz's brother, 35-year-old Roy Ortiz, was arrested at aGreece pawn shop for burglary of a museum.
On Friday, Michael Ortiz was arrested in Orleans County. He wasreturned to West Seneca, where he was arraigned for grand larceny.He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center on $3,500 bail.Should he make bail, a retainer is in place on him for the Villageof Warsaw theft, where it is reported the DA plans on asking for$200,000 bail.
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