Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Alleged Burglar took Victim’s Rifle and Car Keys at Gunpoint:

Man who burglarized business was former employee, now felon


DUANE R. HAMILL

More details have been released regarding the burglary at a business and gunpoint robbery of an employee who tried to stop the suspect early Saturday.

Duane R. Hamill, 65, of Warsaw faces numerous charges and may face more as the case remains under investigation by the Gene-see County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigator Kevin Forsyth said Hamill was a former employee of the business he is accused of burglarizing.

Forsyth said a current employee of the business, which he would not name, arrived at the business about 6:30 a.m. and found Hamill had broken in and was stealing items.

Hamill fled and the employee pursued him into Darien, where both vehicles stopped on Tinkham Road, Forsyth said. A fight ensued and Hamill was able to steal the employee’s rifle and then the employee’s car keys at gunpoint and before getting back in his vehicle.

Hamill continued into Wyoming County, where deputies were able to stop him after a pursuit. Hamill was turned over to Genesee deputies and taken to both Pembroke and Darien town courts for arraignment.

Hamill is charged in Pembroke with third-degree burglary and third-degree grand larceny for stealing more than $3,000 worth of items. He is charged with second-degree robbery, third-degree robbery, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing in Darien.

Hamill was released under supervision of Genesee Justice, although the bail reform laws show that bail could have been set in Hamill’s case. The most serious charge against Hamill, second-degree robbery, is a class C violent felony punishable by up to 15 years in state prison.                                          By SCOTT DESMITsdesmit@batavianews.com

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