Niagara Gazette

March 22, 2013

Burglary suspect offered deal

By Rick Pfeiffer
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT -- A Falls man tied to multiple burglaries involving the theft of guns in the North End is considering a plea deal from prosecutors.

First Assistant District Attorney Doreen Hoffmann made the offer to Q'Nique Moet McCrimmon during a hearing in Niagara County Court in Lockport on Thursday.

McCrimmon, 19, 2101 Ontario Ave., was arrested by Falls cops after a burglary in the 2400 block of Linwood Avenue on Jan. 28. At the time of his arrest, McCrimmon was in possession of a .380 semi-automatic pistol.

Officers responded to the Linwood Avenue burglary call around 11:15 a.m., and a 52-year-old man told them someone had broken into his home by kicking in a side door. The victim said three handguns and a starter pistol had been taken.

Detectives found footprints in the snow outside the home and began to track them down the alley at the rear of the house. At the same time, officers located several witnesses who had seen a suspect cutting through backyards in the area around the time police thought the burglary occurred.

The suspect's description matched McCrimmon and officers began searching for him. He was located in the 2200 block of Ontario Avenue.

"They stopped (McCrimmon) and found that he had a gun that had been stolen from the (Linwood Avenue) home in his pocket," Falls Police Detective Lt. Mike Trane said at the time of the arrest.

McCrimmon claimed he had "bought (the gun) from a guy at 18th and Niagara Avenue."

He was charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property for the Linwood Avenue burglary. McCrimmon was also charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief in connection with a New Year's Day burglary on North Avenue.

Detectives have since added additional burglary charges to the case against McCrimmon. 

The deal from prosecutors would call for him to plead guilty to three counts of second-degree burglary and face a sentence of 15 years in prison.