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2011-01-27 / Local News

West Seneca man one of two arrested, charged with grand larceny

by PAUL OLCZAK East Aurora Editor

East Aurora police have arrested Kevin Sapp, 36, formerly of Seneca Street in Buffalo, and Eric Schmidt, 34, of Seneca Street in West Seneca, in connection with the theft of property from former Buffalo Bills’ quarterback Jim Kelly.

Both men were charged with grand larceny in the third degree and possession of stolen property in the third degree. Sapp was additionally charged with trespassing.

The felony charges stem from an August 2009 incident when Kelly, an East Aurora resident, had several thousand dollars worth of property stolen. The property included Kelly’s 2002 Hall of Fame induction ring, along with his University of Miami “Ring of Honor.” Both rings were recovered, along with additional property.

Sapp is presently incarcerated at the Oneida State Prison for unrelated burglary charges.

Detective Rick Daminski of the East Aurora Police Department said the arrests would not have been possible without the cooperation and information from Orchard Park police and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Daminski, the EAPD received information from both the OPPD and the Sheriff’s Office. He said the Narcotics Unit of the Sheriff’s Office issued a search warrant in the City of Buffalo and received tips from several informants about Sapp and Schmidt.

“I then went out to talk with Sapp at the prison, and at that time he confessed,” said Daminski. “This involved a lot of investigation and legwork.”

Schmidt admitted to his role in the theft after Sapp did, Daminski said.

Sapp will be transported from Oneida Prison in Rome, N.Y., to East Aurora for arraignment. Schmidt was arraigned before Town Justice Jeffrey Markello and is due back in Aurora Court on Feb. 16.

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