Deputies say a Rochester man arrested for a late night burglary at a Kwik Fill in Charlotte might be responsible for other break-ins on the westside of Monroe County.
Fifty-three-year-old Burnie Daniels and 36-year-old Erin Starkweather are facing multiple charges including burglary and grand larceny. Daniels is also facing charges for a parole violation. Deputies say Daniels has an extensive record that includes 41 arrests since 1982.
Deputies also believe Daniels might be responsible for other break-ins on the westside of Monroe County.
According to investgiators, Daniels and Starkweather were arrested after deputies spotted Daniels driving a van around 1 a.m. on February 26.
At that time, Daniels was already considered a suspect in a number of thefts, criminal mischief and commercial burglary cases in the county.
Deputies say, after they spotted him, they witnesses Daniels stop the van, with Starkweather inside, at the Kwik Fill on Stonewood Avenue. Shortly thereafter, the burglary alarm was activated and the van took off.
Deputies confirmed the break-in had occurred and then later tried to stop the van near Lake and Lyell avenue, but Daniels wouldn’t pull over, investigators say.
Rochester police and state troopers assisted and the van later stopped on Barton Street, but deputies say Daniels ran away on foot. He was arrested around 1:30 a.m. in the backyard of a home on Cottage Street.
Inside the van, investigators found $1,900 worth of cigarettes.
“The arrests of Mr. Daniels and Ms. Starkweather are a testament to the tenacity and diligent police work of our road patrol deputies and investigators,” said Monroe County Sheriff Todd K. Baxter in a statement. “Thank you also to the Rochester Police Department and New York State Police who assisted in helping to put an end to this community-wide crime spree. Both of these individuals have been in and out of the Monroe County Jail for years acting as career criminals.”