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3 suspects sought in robbery of William St. M&T Bank

The M&T Bank Towne Gardens branch, 447 William St., was held up Friday morning, marking the second bank robbery this week in the city's Central District.

Dennis J. Richards, Buffalo Police chief of detectives, said three people are believed to have been involved in Friday's robbery.

At about 10:20 a.m., a man passed a note to a teller. As he was about to leave the bank with some money, a second man told him to go to another teller, which he did, Richards said.

Another undisclosed amount of cash was handed over and the pair was joined by a third man as they fled on foot.

The Key Bank branch at Fountain Plaza was robbed shortly after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday by a single man who fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information about either holdup is urged to contact police through the TIPCALL number, 847-2255, to text a tip to 847-2255 or use the department's website, www.bpdny.org.

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Woman sought in theft of pills from Depew Rite Aid

Depew police said a $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a woman who stole about $3,300 worth of Oxycontin pills from a Rite Aid pharmacy on Transit Road on Tuesday night after handing a clerk a note threatening to shoot him in the head.

The woman fled about 8:15 p.m. after the staff filled a bag with about 700 pills.

She was described as about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing about 110 pounds with dirty blond hair and wearing pink pajama pants, a gray fleece coat with a maroon scarf around her neck and dark sunglasses.

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Sheriff warns several towns on rash of vehicle break-ins

Residents in several towns were warned by Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard this week about a rash of recent larcenies from motor vehicles.

There have been a dozen larcenies on the Elma-Marilla border during the last two weeks, the latest Wednesday night and early Thursday on Tomarsue and Two Rod roads in Marilla.

The vehicles were parked in driveways or out on the street, and items stolen included cash, loose change, gift cards and electronics, including iPods and global positioning systems.

Vehicle break-ins also were reported in Alden.

"Most motor vehicle larcenies are preventable by simply locking your car doors and removing your valuables from sight," Howard said.

Anyone with information concerning the larcenies is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 667-5282.

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W. Seneca man sentenced to 12 years for child porn

One of two West Seneca brothers convicted of child pornography charges was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday.

In sentencing Jason Bek, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara said he was skeptical of Bek's remorsefulness.

Bek, 30, admitted receiving child pornography and trying to entice a minor into a sexual encounter. The minor was actually an adult law enforcement official posing as an underage male.

His brother, Timothy M. Bek, 25, a former English teacher at West Seneca West High School, also faces prison time as a result of his child porn conviction.

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Man drinks beer as police confront him after crash

A Germain Street man who kept drinking from cans of beer as he was being questioned in his home was arrested Thursday on aggravated unlicensed driving and other charges for crashing into a building at Amherst and Germain streets and injuring his two young daughters, who he left in the damaged vehicle.

Brian W. Klos, 30, was arrested by Officer Michelle A. Palamara and Lt. Aaron Young at his home after he reportedly broke away from witnesses who saw him crash into the building about 3:05 p.m. Thursday, leaving two injured girls, ages 4 and 14, behind.

After the two girls were taken by ambulance to Women and Children's Hospital for treatment, Klos was confronted by the officers in his home holding two beer cans and having "glassy eyes, impaired speech" and impaired motor abilities, according to a police report. Klos was charged with two counts of Leandra's Law violations for allegedly driving drunk with two young children in the vehicle, leaving the scene of an injury accident and traffic violations.

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Woman who tried to cash bad checks gets prison

A Buffalo woman was sentenced Friday to eight months in prison and three years of supervised release following her conviction on bank fraud.

Latisha Siplin, 34, cashed and attempted to cash 19 checks totaling approximately $19,000 that were drawn on accounts that had insufficient funds, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who handled the case. The incidents happened between November 2007 and March 2010.

Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny recommended that Siplin serve half of her sentence in a halfway house.