JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – Two men have been indicted in connection with a break-in at a former factory in Jamestown, just prior to a massive fire at the location.
The Chautauqua County District Attorney announced criminal charges Wednesday against 37-year-old Robert Clark of Conewango Valley and 33-year-old Justin Myers of Jamestown.
Both face one count of third-degree burglary, one count of third-degree attempted grand larceny, and two counts of fifth-degree conspiracy for the alleged attempt theft of skid steers for the former Crawford Furniture Factory on the city’s eastside.
Myers is being held on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 property bond due to his prior criminal history, the DA’s Office says Clark was released because his charge did not qualify for bail.
Prosecutors say it is important to note there is still an active and open arson investigation seeking to determine who or what started the massive November 16 fire at 1061 Allen Street.
The two suspects indicted have not been accused or charged in connection with the actual fire. Investigators have said in the past the ignition of the fire is suspicious.