Man Robbed 4 Times in Two Weeks!!!
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Buffalo man believes the same suspect has burglarized his home four times.
He has turned to Call 4 Action's Al Vaughters and police are asking for your help as well.
David Edgerton's home in Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood has been burglarized four times in less than two weeks.
The last time the home invader broke in through a window. David is certain who the thief is.
"He showed up in the driveway, while I was working on the outside of my house, and started questioning me about my power tools," said Edgerton.
About a week later after the first break-in David, said the man with the hundred questions left an indelible image in his memory and he recalled enough of the man's features to pick his picture out of a police lineup.
Now detectives are investigating.
"And I am hoping they are looking at social services records, Social Security records and things like that, since he is claiming to be disabled. I am hoping they are looking to find him. He has told police he is disabled. That is on their records."
David Edgerton's story has an ironic twist. As an advocate for the Independent Living Project, David came to the aide of a westside crime victim, last year, whose son's wheelchair ramp had been stolen, twice.
Jolene Baller said September 14, 2007 after her son's wheelchair ramp was stolen, "It was chained and locked, and they actually cut through the lock. They actually cut through the lock to take it, and they took the chain, too."
Now David is the victim. He has been making improvements to his eastside home, but with one arm, power tools are a necessity, and they've all been stolen.
"I am working on my house. I don't make a lot of money, so I am doing a lot of the work myself, and taking all my power tools was not cool. I worked for that stuff. He didn't."
If you have information that could help solve these break-ins, please call the Buffalo Police Confidential Tip line at 847-2255.
David Edgerton said, once a suspect is arrested, if his stolen tools are not recovered, there is a state program for crime victims that will replace them.
Story by News 4's Call 4 Action Reporter Al Vaughters, WIVB