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February 19, 2014

Longoria pleads not guilty to operating without a license

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Niagara Gazette — It was then, that city lawyers told police that Longoria didn’t have a second-hand dealer license and hadn’t had one since after his 2011 stolen property conviction.

In October 2011, the owner of a Falls construction company told police he was driving by El Casino Buy & Sell when he spotted heavy construction equipment, for sale, sitting on the front lawn. When he stopped and took a closer look at the equipment, the businessman discovered it was a hammer lauler/breaker, gas post digger and Lincoln mig welder that had been stolen from his company’s storage shed in July 2010.

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.

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