Arrest made in cigarette truck robbery

| 12/16/2005

Police have made one arrest in the case of a cigarette delivery truck driver robbed at knifepoint earlier this week and hope to make another soon.

The incident occurred at about 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, when two men – one of whom had a knife – accosted a trucker hauling cigarettes at Jim’s Truck Stop in Cheektowaga, NY.

The thieves made off with an unknown number of cases of cigarettes in a dark blue Chevrolet Trail Blazer.

Capt. John Glascott of the Cheektowaga Police Department told Land Line that one of the suspects, Andre Thrash, 46, was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 13. Police are still looking for the second suspect. Police said they believe the second suspect to be 44-year-old Paul McCullen.

Glascott said the men were part of a group of approximately 12 people that operates in the area and specializes in cigarette thefts. Many of them have been arrested before.

“We’ve got mug shots on most of them,” he said.

According to police, Thrash has been charged with first-degree robbery, forcible theft with a use of instrument and fourth-degree grand larceny. If convicted, he could face as much as 20 years in prison.

– By Terry Scruton, senior writer