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Escort turns her date into unwilling 'Santa'

A Southtowns man who met a female escort in Buffalo on Christmas Eve discovered Saturday he was unwillingly turned into Santa Claus after reviewing his bank statement, according to a report filed with police.

The South Wales resident said the woman gave him a drink when they met and he passed out. When he awoke Christmas morning, he said, he ran out of the residence where they had rendezvoused and later discovered his ATM card missing.

According to the bank statement, $3,256 was missing from his checking account.


East Side home looted of $4,100 in cash, jewelry

Thieves stole more than $4,000 worth of cash and jewelry from an East Side home Saturday morning, according to the resident.

The resident of the 100 block of Sussex Street said the break-in occurred between 8:30 and 11 a.m. and about $1,000 in cash and $3,100 in jewelry was taken.

The thieves entered the house through a first-floor bedroom window, Northeast District police said.


Allen Street pizza shop robbed of cash, phone

A young man armed with a silver revolver fled with an undetermined amount of money from an Allen Street pizza shop Thursday night before calling an employee and threatening to hurt her, Central District police said.

The robber, believed to be in his early 20s, entered New York Pizza, 160 Allen St., at about 9:45 p.m., walked into the kitchen and confronted the employee with the handgun, police said. Besides taking the money, the robber also stole a cordless phone and the employee's cell phone.

After leaving the scene, the robber called the pizzeria on the employee's stolen cell phone and threatened to come back and hurt her if she didn't stop talking to police, according to police reports.

Kats is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. May 11 by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.


Numerous charges filed after car chase ends

A Warwick Street man is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase, throwing a handgun out the car window and dragging his female passenger along the street before she was able to jump out of his moving car, police said.

Torrance J. Bailey, 25, was driving at Brinkman and Walden avenues at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said, when Detective Jeffrey Weyand tried to pull him over for a traffic violation. Bailey was charged with reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, reckless driving and criminal possession of a weapon.

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