- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

GATES, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York police chief’s decision to return a gift the day after Christmas resulted in a man being charged with stealing coins from a local business.

Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode says he was returning a gift to the Wal-Mart in the suburban Rochester town early Saturday morning when he saw a Burnie Daniels dumping a large amount of money into a coin exchange machine. The police chief says Daniels is known to local law enforcement because of previous arrests.

VanBrederode says he learned that coins had been stolen from the power vacuum machines at a car wash.

Police arrested Daniels Monday and charged him with criminal mischief and petit larceny charges. He’s being held Tuesday in the Monroe County Jail pending arraignment.

It couldn’t be determined if he has a lawyer.

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