Submitted by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office
On Saturday at 3:56 p.m., Deputy Battaglia located two vehicles operating on Deborah Lane in the Town of Wheatfield with no lights on. As he attempted to investigate the suspicious activity, both vehicles fled from him. The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer
appeared to be fleeing together until they crashed into each other at the intersection of Walmore and Jagow roads.
Four parties fled on foot from the crash. Further investigation revealed that both vehicles were stolen from Samantha Court in the Town of Wheatfield minutes prior. A third stolen vehicle from the City of Buffalo, a Kia Forte, was located abandoned roadside on Lancelot Drive.
After an investigation conducted by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Bureau and Road Patrol, a 16-year-old juvenile female from Tonawanda was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree (D felony) and false personation (B misdemeanor), and remanded on an Office of Children and Family Services Warrant. A second 16-year-old juvenile female from Buffalo was also charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree (D felony) and, due to raise the age legislation, along with bail reform, released on an appearance ticket to her mother.
Another vehicle was stolen from Osprey Lane. It was recovered unoccupied in the City of Buffalo. Further investigation is ongoing at this time.