Felony hearing for Surf and Turf bandits rescheduled

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – The two men facing felony charges for stealing nearly $1,000 in steak and seafood were supposed to appear in Cheektowaga Justice Court Friday morning, but didn’t.

Pressley Kelly is facing felony charges after having over $1,000 in surf and turf from town stores in his possession. (CPD/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

A public defender representing Pressley Kelly, 66, said Kelly was admitted to a hospital and was unable to attend the felony hearing.

The Cheektowaga Chronicle has learned that Kelly was transferred to the Erie County Holding Center after his arraignment earlier this week.  County records show that Kelly was booked into the Holding Center on February 7th.

We reached out to an Erie County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson asking when Kelly was taken to the hospital.  Spokesperson Scott Zylka responded by email, “I don’t know anything about this, but I can’t release any information you are requesting.”

Kelly’s accomplice Richard Pearson, 55, refused to come into the courtroom.  The Cheektowaga Chronicle left a voicemail to his attorney Dan Griebel.  It was not returned at the time of publication.

Richard Pearson is facing felony charges after having over $1,000 in surf and turf from town stores in his possession. (CPD/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Richard Pearson is facing felony charges after having over $1,000 in surf and turf from town stores in his possession. (CPD/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

Both men were charged February 6th with Robbery, Burglary, and possession of stolen goods after police said they found the “professional shoplifters” with nearly $1,000 in steak and seafood in their possession.  They were arrested during a traffic stop after a store employee said the pair stole groceries from the Thruway Plaza Tops Market.

Both men are schedule to appear back in Cheektowaga Justice Court on February 21st.

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