A City of Dunkirk man was arrested at about 8:00 PM this evening in relation to a burglary that took place on July 7th, 2016 at the Alma Latina Mex Restaurant at 17 Cliffstar Dr. The incident began when Dunkirk Police officers from the 11PM-7AM shift were conducting routine business checks and discovered that a small window had been forced open on the side of the business and loose change was found on the ground outside. Once an employee was reached officer entered the business and searched but no suspect was found inside. Inside the store officers found that the cash register had been forced open and more coins were found on the floor. Employees confirmed that the cash from the register was missing as well as more coins. It appeared that the business’ security video system had also been tampered with.
Over the next several days, officers from all 3 shifts conducted an extensive investigation into the incident and were able to recover the security video footage and identify the lone suspect. The suspect is identified as Carlos Javier Lopez-Rodriguez. An arrest warrant was obtained from Dunkirk City Court Judge Walter Drag and officers began searching for Lopez-Rodriguez.
Just before 8:00 PM this evening, an off-duty patrol officer who had been working on the case spotted the suspect walking southbound on Rt. 60 in the Town of Dunkirk. The officer contact Dunkirk Police Headquarters and the Village of Fredonia Police Department for assistance, then kept watch on the suspect as he continued walking and entered the Walmart Store. Officers from the Dunkirk Police Department and the Fredonia Police Department converged on the store and took the suspect into custody without incident. He is being held in the DPD lockup without bail on charges of Third Degree Burglary, Petit Larceny and Criminal Mischief 4th Degree.