Liverpool: Burglaries on the rise?

Since late April, crooks have burglarized three village landmarks -- Mother's Restaurant, the Onondaga Lake Marina and Heid's.

Liverpool Police have already closed the first two, and an arrest is expected shortly in the third case.

The recent string of break-ins began at 10:20 p.m. Monday, April 27, when an intruder illegally entered Mother's Restaurant, 201 First St., and stole alcohol from the bar. LPD Officer Sean Pierce responded to the scene shortly after a witness reported a man breaking windows at the restaurant.

At the scene Pierce saw the suspect running and chased him two blocks to Nichols' Supermarket parking lot where he arrested Daniel Bills, 20, of 414 First St. Charged with third-degree burglary, larceny and criminal mischief, Bills was arraigned before Village Justice Anthony LaValle at 1:15 .m. April 28.

Nearly two months later, on June 26, LPD Officer Ken Hatter arrested Bills again, this time in connection with 17 thefts from vehicles in the village. In June, Bills was charged with petit larceny, fifth-degree possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and third-degree escape. Bills was incarcerated and later released on $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond

Boat break-ins

On the morning of Sunday, June, 7 a Syracuse man was arrested after a series of break-ins on boats docked at Onondaga Lake Park Marina, at the western end of Sycamore Street.

LPD Officer James Murray responded to a 911 call at about 7:25 a.m., after boat-owner Raymond R. McQueen of Baldwinsville confronted an intruder on his boat at about 7 a.m. After searching the premises, Murray drove to Onondaga Lake Parkway where he chased a man on a bicycle heading toward the city.

After a short struggle, Murray arrested Luis A. Plama, 22, of the Rescue Mission in Syracuse.

We recovered some stolen property and were able to identify two vessels the suspect had been on," said LPD Chief William Becker. Det. James Nightingale of the Camillus Police Department was called in under the auspices of the Onondaga Major Felony Unit to oversee the processing of evidence in the Plama case.

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