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STOLEN-CAR REPORT LEADS TO SUSPECT IN STATION HOLDUP

A report of a stolen car in Buffalo led to a chase through Amherst Monday morning and resulted in the arrest of two men, one of whom also was charged with a gas station robbery that occurred last week.

The two may also be suspects in an attempted robbery in Niagara County, police said.

Police gave the following account of the incident:

Buffalo police put out a radio call early Monday morning of a stolen car. Amherst Police Officer Scott Lawida spotted the car on Niagara Falls Boulevard at about 2:50 a.m. and attempted to stop it. The driver fled, and Lawida chased the car into Buffalo. The driver of the stolen car lost control on Delaware Avenue near Nottingham Terrace and struck a pole.

The driver, Floyd Vanderwege, 45, of Hertel Avenue, was arrested at the scene. The passenger, Timothy Stovall, 19, of Hertel, fled on foot. Lawida chased Stovall and arrested him nearby.

Police said the two suspects told them they 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 out looking for another gas station to rob when they were spotted by Lawida, police said.

Police said Vanderwege was also a suspect in a robbery Wednesday at a Sunoco Station at 2977 Niagara Falls Blvd.

Vanderwege was charged Monday with that robbery as well as charges stemming from Monday's incident, including 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 in connection with Monday's incident.

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