BEMUS POINT – New York State Police arrested a Jamestown man on Tuesday for allegedly burglarizing a home in Bemus Point.
According to a police report, 23 year-old Richard Rolfe was arrested after authorities responded to a report of a suspicious situation in Bemus Point at about 11 a.m., where a witness saw a man use a hammer to break a neighbor’s porch window then drive off in a small black car.
The driver of the car, later identified as Rolfe, passed one of the responding state troopers who turned around and located the suspect’s car on S. Lakeside Ave. in Bemus Point. Rolfe was then observed running from the Casino Restaurant toward the Hotel Lenhart.
K9 units from Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department, Lakewood-Busti Police Department and Jamestown Police Department were training nearby and were called to the scene to assist along with other Deputies from the Sheriff’s Department. Tracks in the snow showed entry was gained to the Hotel Lenhart through a window and a perimeter was set up. At this point Rolfe broke a window and attempted to exit the Hotel but was taken into custody without further incident.
Rolfe was charged with two counts of Burglary 3rd degree, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Criminal Mischief 4th degree. He was arraigned in the Town of Ellery Court and committed to Chautauqua County Jail wihtout bail.