Niagara Gazette

Crime

February 18, 2014

Longoria back in city court|El Casino Buy and Sell owner faces charge of operating without a license.

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Niagara Gazette — The shed was entered after someone broke a padlock off. The heavy equipment and other items were then taken.

The business owner said he went inside and told Longoria that the equipment he was trying to sell was stolen. Longoria told the victim to “go get proof and bring it back.”

The victim told investigators that when he returned to El Casino the next day, with the proof of ownership Longoria requested, the equipment was gone.

Longoria told the victim “he left the (equipment) out front” and didn’t know what had happened to it. 

In that case, detectives charged Longoria with a felony stolen property count and he eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

When Longoria's, then current, second-hand dealer license come up for renewal in 2012, police opposed it. The license expired, but Longoria kept on doing business out of his Pine Avenue store front.

In November 2012, Longoria made two sales of prescription pain killers to a confidential informant working for the Niagara County Drug Task. Two months later, while investigating a burglary in the 2200 block of LaSalle Avenue, Falls Police detectives raided El Casino and found a treasure trove of property taken in that break-in.

A police source said the was so much stolen property take from the LaSalle Avenue burglary, "it would have taken (a truck) to deliver it."

Investigators also recovered a police radio, taken from the official car of the then Administrative Capt. John DeMarco in 2012, during that raid. Those recoveries led to Longoria's most recent stolen property conviction.

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