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>Transit officers make arrest in car theft

A Walden Avenue man was arrested Monday afternoon after he was caught driving a stolen car on the city's East Side with the window smashed out, Transit Authority police reported.

Maurice Mays, 36, was charged with two counts of criminal possession of stolen property, criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of burglar's tools and a vehicle and traffic charge.

Transit officer John Yuhnke first saw Mays in a green Volkswagen traveling on Ellicott Street at a high rate of speed at about 3:15 p.m. He allegedly spun the tires at the corner of North Street and was stopped by Yuhnke at the corner of Masten Avenue and Riley Street.

Yuhnke and Officer Jason Porter arrested Mays. Police found a screwdriver in Mays' pocket and determined the vehicle belonged to a Springville woman.

The woman had parked the vehicle in a lot near Pearl and Tupper streets, police said.

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>Store, two unloading delivery truck robbed

An East Delavan Avenue store was robbed early Monday by a man who accosted two people unloading a delivery truck, Buffalo police reported.

The employees at Family Dollar told police the robbery occurred at about 8 a.m. A man wearing all black with a black scarf over his face demanded wallets from the two victims. He then went through their pockets and demanded additional money from the store.

The robber took one of the victims to the front of the store, and the victim opened both cash registers. The robber pilfered the cash drawers and then took bills from the safe. He fled through the back door and over a fence, according to reports.

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