A report of a car stolen in Buffalo led to a chase through Amherst this morning and resulted in the arrest of two men. One also was charged with robbing a gas station last week.
The two also might be involved in an attempted robbery in Niagara County, police said.
According to police accounts, Buffalo police put out a radio call early this morning about a stolen car. Amherst Officer Scott Lawida spotted the vehicle at about 2:50 a.m. on Niagara Falls Boulevard and attempted to stop it. The driver fled, and Lawida chased the car into Buffalo. The stolen vehicle went out of control on Delaware Avenue near Nottingham Terrace and struck a pole.
The driver, Floyd Vanderwege, 45, of 619 Hertel Ave., was arrested at the scene, but his passenger, Timothy Stovall, 19, of 607 Hertel Ave., fled. Lawida gave chase and arrested him nearby.
Police said the two men told them they had attempted to rob a gas station on Military Road in Niagara County earlier that night but fled without getting any money after learning about the cameras at the site. They were looking for another gas station to rob when Lawida spotted them, police said.
Police also charged Vanderwege with Wednesday's robbery at a Sunoco Station at 2977 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst. On that occasion, a man held up the station at knifepoint and fled with a drawer full of cash, police said.
As a result of today's chase, Vanderwege was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, possession of marijuana, and several vehicle and traffic law violations, including driving with a suspended license.
Stovall was not involved in the Sunoco robbery, police said. He was charged with possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest.