Dunkirk Man Faces Felony Charge After Stealing Wallet

(WNY News Now) – A Dunkirk resident has been arrested and charged with Grand Larceny 4th degree following the theft of a wallet at an Aldi store in Dunkirk on September 28, 2023.

Dunkirk – On October 2, 2023, Troopers from SP Fredonia apprehended Jose J. Ruiz Jr. after an investigation into a wallet theft incident at the Dunkirk Aldi on September 28. According to the victim, she inadvertently left her wallet near the store’s checkout counter after paying for her groceries. Upon realizing her wallet was missing, she returned to the store but couldn’t locate it.

With the cooperation of Aldi’s management, law enforcement officers reviewed surveillance footage, identifying the suspect as Jose J. Ruiz Jr., who is also known by the alias “DJ Smooth.” Further inquiry confirmed his involvement in the incident.

Ruiz Jr. was taken into custody without resistance and transported to SP Fredonia for processing. He now faces a felony charge of Grand Larceny 4th degree (an E felony). He has been released on an appearance ticket for the Town of Dunkirk Court, with his court date scheduled for later this month.

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