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2 DRIVERS REPORT ENCOUNTERS WITH BANDITS

Two more cases of young, unsuspecting motorists falling prey to robbers have come to light as Buffalo police investigate two other similar reports this month. A department spokesman, Lt. Larry Baehre, said a 19-year-old Orchard Park woman reportedly was approached outside a convenience store near Buffalo State College at about 6 a.m. Tuesday. The man claimed his car had broken down on the Kensington Expressway and needed the battery jumped.

"She let him in her car, and he commenced to force her to drive all around the East Side and then to Amherst," Baehre said. After ending up near the Buffalo-Cheektowaga border, the man robbed her of cigarettes, soda pop and cash before he fled.

No weapon was displayed, and the woman was not assaulted, Baehre said.

The robber was black and appeared about 40 years old, the woman told officers. He was about 5-feet-10 and 150 pounds, had short hair and a thin line of hair along his jaw. He wore dark-colored sweat pants, a green-and-white windbreaker, and a blue-and-white hat bearing the number 68.

After Buffalo police went public Monday about three other reports since Oct. 11, Baehre reported that a Cheektowaga resident said his 18-year-old son was approached by a man in the Harlem Road-Cleveland Drive area several days ago.

The victim was forced to drive the man to the city-line area, where he was robbed. "We are seeing a pattern develop here," Baehre said.

Motorists approached under similar circumstances should roll up the windows, lock the doors and "get out of the area as fast as you can," he said. e-mail: jhabuda@buffnews.com

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