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2 charged in rash of thefts from cars

Depew police believe they have solved a series of car break-ins after arresting two Buffalo men driving up and down streets near North Creek Drive early Thursday morning.

Officer Rene Smith was on patrol in the area following a series of break-ins of unlocked cars near Dick Road and George Urban Boulevard on the border of Depew and Cheektowaga.

Smith stopped the suspicious vehicle at about 2 a.m. on North Creek Drive and learned that the driver, David Moore, 18, of Arden Avenue had had his driver's license suspended 10 times. A passenger in the back seat, Terrance Baylor, 20, of Hewitt Street, was wanted on a burglary charge.

Inside the car were several portable electronic devices and a purse. Police later determined they had been taken from unlocked cars on North Creek and JFK Lane.

Search warrants were executed at the men's homes, and police discovered about $15,000 in stolen property -- including iPods, cellphones and GPS units.

The men were charged with larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. Moore was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and other traffic violations.

Both were arraigned in Depew Village Court. Bail was set at $5,000 each.

email: mbecker@buffnews.com