BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A local business owner in Buffalo says thieves are running rampant in his neighborhood.
Several industrial businesses along the William Street corridor have been robbed recently. The crooks go from building to building, stealing whatever they can. Their latest was Kaminski and Sons.
"We're looking at $10,000, $15,000, $20,000 every time someone comes into our yard or breaks into our yard or breaks into our yard and steals from us. Lately, it's been every four to six months," owner Jamie Kaminski says.
His business was robbed again just last week. Thieves cut a hole in a fence and stole a 500-pound plow.
On top of that, Kaminski says, "They did $30,000 worth of damage to brand new customers' trucks, with no scrap value to it."
Kaminski and Sons provides services for the City of Buffalo, and half a dozen city-owned trucks are currently parked in their lot. Though taxpayer money is also at risk in the thefts, Kaminski says he's still waiting for the city to step up and help solve the problem.
Councilman David Franczyk says he's spoke to police about upping their patrol efforts.
"I want to see these scumbags caught," he said. "They told me they were going to do more, so I will expect them to."
Kaminski says more needs to be done before his business or another near him is robbed again.
"We can't afford to stay in the City of Buffalo," he says. "It's frustrating enough that we went looking at other businesses or residences to get out of the City of Buffalo and move."
The repetitive crimes have burned a hole in his pocket and the decades-long relationship his family-owned business has had with the Queen City.
"All we're asking is for the mayor's office or somebody within the mayor's office to say enough is enough," Kaminski says.
News 4 reached out to Mayor Byron Brown, but we were unable to speak with him. Instead, his spokesman Mike DeGeorge told reporter Ed Drantch that the city would reach out to the owner to see what his issues or concerns are, and if the city can assist and help out, officials will do their best.
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