Jamestown man charged in attempted theft of bank deposits

Dakota J. Kaltenbach

A 34-year-old Jamestown man was awaiting arraignment in city court for his alleged role in the attempted theft of bank deposits from a night deposit box. A woman also seen on ATM surveillance video was identified but is not facing any charges, Jamestown police said in a news release.

Police had been looking for the pair following an unsuccessful larceny early Saturday from Lake Shore Savings Bank in Jamestown, believed to be one of three that involved using a device inside night deposit boxes at local banks.

According to Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department, investigators were able to recover several of the devices — which ended up being rat traps with string or wire attached.

“It should also be noted that all the attempts that were made were all unsuccessful as the deposit boxes at the banks are all designed to allow drops to come in but virtually impossible to come out the way it went in which is the security design of the boxes,” Samuelson said.

An investigation along with tips from the community ultimately led to the identification of Dakota J. Kaltenbach and the woman, who was not named by police. The city man was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon on charges of attempted larceny and third-degree criminal tampering.


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