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Two men accused of early morning burglary at Desperado Western Wear in Herkimer

By WKTV News

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - Two Herkimer men have been charged after authorities say they broke a display window of a western clothing store in the village and made off with multiple items, including a cowboy hat that helped police spot them after the alleged crime.

According to Herkimer Police, officers responded around 4:23 a.m. on Saturday August 4 to Desperado Western Wear on South Main Street in Herkimer where they found a large display window overlooking Main Street had been broken.

A witness told police that they saw two males flee the area with several items from the store and a short time later patrols observed two males in the King Street area, one of them wearing a white cowboy hat. When the men saw the patrol car approaching them, police said the men fled.

Officers gave chase and quickly apprehended one of the males, identified as Steven Guyer, 21, of Herkimer, behind a residence on Eureka Ave. Police said Guyer was found to be in possession of stolen property at the time of his arrest and was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He was released on an appearance ticket.

Police said the second male, Andrew J. Bennett, 22, also of Herkimer, was known to officers and was later located. He was charged with third-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal mischief, third-degree criminal trespass, fourth-degree grand larceny and trespass. He was arraigned and sent to Herkimer County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

Herkimer Police say the investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

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