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A North Tonawanda woman was charged Tuesday with stealing purses and credit cards from three local women as they ate in area restaurants, Amherst police said.

Lisa M. Coleman 33, of Goundry Street, was arrested by Amherst Detectives Thomas Westbrook and Robert Cunningham late Monday night at her home.

The crimes occurred late last month and early this month at restaurants in the Maple Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard areas of Amherst, police said.

Coleman was accused of running up bills on the credit cards and also stealing video games and equipment from the Target store on Niagara Falls Boulevard on Aug. 18.

Police charged Coleman with four counts of criminal possession of stolen property and one count of grand larceny.

She was arraigned Tuesday in Amherst Town Court and sent to the Erie County Holding Center on $5,000 bail.

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