Sinclairville man charged in attempted car wash theft

LAKEWOOD — A Sinclairville man is in trouble with the law after breaking into change machines at a local car wash.

Lakewood-Busti police report Merle C. Smith, 37, of 3109 Old Chautauqua Road, was seen by officers attempting to take change at East Fairmount Avenue. He was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, possession of burglar’s tools and attempted petit larceny.

Smith was sent to Chautauqua County Jail on no bail.