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December 6, 2013

Falls police catch up with burglary suspects after tip

Niagara Gazette — An alert neighbor's call allowed Falls police to take two men into custody who are suspected of trying to break into a Jerauld Avenue home Thursday morning.

David J. Cessna, 23, 5647 Girard Ave., and Anthony P. Taibi, 23, 532 30th St., were each charged with second-degree attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Falls police were called to the area of 2500 Parkview Drive about 7:45 a.m. for a report of two suspicious men in the area. A witness said the two men were walking between houses in the area and it appeared suspicious.

Arriving officers spotted a man walking east on Jerauld Avenue. Upon stopping to talk to the man, later identified as Cessna, officers spotted another man running from a Jerauld Avenue home into Hyde Park Golf Course.

Officers began to chase the man, later identified as Taibi, who officers said dropped a backpack and blue latex gloves along the side of the bridge on the north side of Porter Road. After additional officers arrived, a perimeter was set up and Taibi was found hiding in the water of the creek.

Officers then checked out the house Taibi had run from on Jerauld Avenue and found four windows that had been slightly forced open. They also searched the inside of the home but it appeared entry hadn't been gained. Detectives were called in to investigate.

A search of Cessna, the man found walking on Jerauld Avenue, turned up blue latex gloves and a flashlight. Officers also noted that Cessna was wearing multiple layers of clothing — two hooded sweatshirts and a pair of jeans covered by sweat pants despite the temperature being about 54 degrees.

Cessna told officers Taibi had come over to his house Thursday morning, given him the hoodie and sweatpants to put over his clothes and said they needed to go to Taibi's grandmother's house on Jerauld Avenue.

When the Jerauld Avenue homeowner arrived to the house to speak with police — she had been at church — she told police none of her grandchildren lived in the area.

Police also noted in the report that a neighbor told them he saw a red Tahoe drive through the area several times while police were searching for Taibi.

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