Police make arrest in stolen equipment
Investigation by auto-theft squad
Published : Wednesday, 29 Jul 2009, 1:20 PM EDT
CHEEKTOWAGA POLICE RELEASE
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - On July 7, 09 a 2008 Caterpillar mini excavator was stolen from 3099 William St. the excavator is worth more then $50,000. An investigation was started by Detective Mark Jedd of the Cheektowaga Police Department assigned to the Auto Theft Squad. Information was disseminated to local law enforcement agencies to be on the look-out for this construction equipment.
On July 28th at about 4:30 AM Officer Michael Curtiss and Brian Bzibziak of the Cheektowaga Police Department while on routine patrol observed the excavator in the front yard of 1381 Geo. Urban Blvd. a address where construction work was being done. Detective Jedd was notified and along with other police officers set-up a stake out awaiting the arrival of the construction crew. At about 7:26 AM Gerald Wierzba a North Carolina resident got onto the equipment and began to use it. At about 8:35 Ronald Wierzba of Boston N.Y. his brother arrived on location. Both were arrested. A trailer that was use to transport the excavator to Geo. Urban was located and found to be missing identification numbers. Both Wiezba brothers have been charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd degree. The investigation is continuing with the assistance of the Buffalo Police Auto Theft Squad and the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
Saturday, August 01, 2009
My new job
I get a lot of questions these days about my new job. Sometimes I'm not entirely sure how to explain what I do. But then my manager sent me this article and told me to use it to explain what I do. I work in Heavy Equipment Investigations. Nearly every day a CAT machine is stolen. I assist with the investigations into the location and recovery of these machines. It's one of the sweetest jobs I've ever had. I am very interested in heavy equipment and now my job revolves around it. Pretty cool, huh? Anyhow, this is a police release about a CAT machine that was recovered in New York.