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Pair Jailed After $20K In Computers Stolen From Business

Two city residents are being held pending arraignment in Jamestown City Court following an investigation into the burglary of thousands of dollars worth of electronics from a city business.

The Jamestown Police Department on Wednesday announced the arrests of 29-year-old Bryan Novaro and 24-year-old Anthony Lackner after recovering several computers and equipment found to have been stolen from Digitell Inc. on East Third Street. An investigation found that the business had been burglarized Tuesday around 11:04 p.m. by someone observed on surveillance video entering and leaving with what was estimated to be $20,000 worth of computers and accessories.

Officers identified the person captured on surveillance as Novaro, who was spotted walking on North Main Street with several of the stolen laptops, Jamestown police said in a news release. The city man is facing charges of third-degree burglary and grand larceny.

Patrol officers also located Lackner at a Franklin Street residence. After being found in possession of the stolen equipment, he was taken into custody on charges of criminal possession of stolen property.

Lackner was arraigned and released, then charged again when he was found to “possess several more computers at his East Second Street residence,” JPD said.

“This was a case of good old-fashioned police work done by the patrol officers who initially responded and identified the main suspect, then investigators who worked to track additional laptops down through info received,” said Capt Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department. “These computers that were recovered were likely set to be sold or exchanged on the streets of Jamestown for crystal methamphetamine, as both subjects charged are well-known meth users and are persistent violators of similar crimes to support their drug use habits.

“We are, as we speak, still working to recover additional stolen items and will be working on search warrants throughout the evening (Wednesday). Anyone who may have come into possession of one of the laptops listed can call us to turn it in without charges. Those later found to possess one will be charged.”

Samuelson also acknowledged Digitell Inc. for providing security footage that quickly led to an identification. “The quality of the footage assisted us greatly as well in this case,” he said.

Computers being sought might have the names “System 76” or “MSI” labeled on them.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Jamestown Police Department at 483-7537, through the anonymous tip line at 483-8477 (TIPS) or via the Tips 411 cellphone app. All tips are kept confidential.

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