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Identity sought in use of stolen credit card

Do you recognize this man?

Shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday, a security camera in a South Buffalo convenience store captured images of the user of a credit card stolen earlier this week from an unlocked vehicle in Clarence. A wallet containing credit and debit cards was stolen from one of three vehicles entered Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, and a diaper bag was taken from another, state police said.

Call the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Clarence at 759-6831.

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Rash of street robberies Thursday probed by police

Buffalo police are investigating four robberies that occurred over four hours Thursday in various neighborhoods of the city.

Just before 6 p.m., two men with a handgun made off with two cell phones and $2 cash in the 600 block of Taunton Place. Police said that while they were investigating, one of the robbers called the father of the victim and demanded money for the return of the phones.

About 6:25 p.m., two bandits, also armed with a handgun, made off with a gold earring and cell phone after they held up a man on Andover Avenue, police said.

About 8:30 p.m., an 18-year-old Sanborn woman was robbed of $80 in cash by two men on Hampshire Street and Prospect Avenue.

And about 10 p.m, a woman was robbed of her purse and a pack of cigarettes by two men, armed with a handgun, on Janet Street.

The robberies do not appear to be related, police said.

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Tools, building materials stolen from school site

Tools and building materials valued at more than $75,000 were stolen overnight Thursday from a construction site at School 43, at 161 Benzinger St., Buffalo police said.

The theft occurred between 3:30 p.m. Thursday and 5:30 a.m. Friday. Ferry-Fillmore District police are investigating.

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W. Tupper man accused of attempted robbery

A West Tupper Street man was charged with attempted robbery after he attacked a woman walking to her house, Buffalo police said.

Anthony Gugino, 18, is also charged with forcible touching and harassment. Police said he accosted the woman from behind, demanded money, choked and groped her.

Police said the woman broke free of the Gugino, who fled, only to return minutes later wearing different clothes. He was quickly arrested, police said.

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Fatal shooting leads to manslaughter plea

Kyshawn Romer pleaded guilty Friday to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting a University District man in April 2007 during an exchange of gunfire in the victim's home.

Romer, 26, of Euclid Avenue in Cheektowaga entered the plea before Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka. Romer has been in custody since his arrest about a month after Terrence Lester, 28, was slain during what police described as an attempted robbery in his Dunlop Avenue home.

Police said the two were acquainted.

James F. Bargnesi, homicide prosecutor, said Lester's relatives agreed to the plea. Romer, also known as Kyson Romer, faces a prison term of up to 25 years when he returns to court Feb. 3 for sentencing.

Lester returned fire after Romer shot him in the back, according to police reports.

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Guilty plea entered in crash injuring cabbie

A Poplar Avenue man pleaded guilty Thursday to seriously injuring a Buffalo cab driver in his second drunken-driving crash in the past five years.

Clarence A. Prude Jr., 33, pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular assault for the crash that injured cabbie Tommie Moore, 55. Surgeons had to remove Moore's intestines as a result of the crash on Jefferson Avenue near High Street about 3:30 p.m. March 23.

State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns allowed Prude to remain free on a previously posted bail bond pending his Jan. 15 sentencing. Court officials said Prude, who was convicted four years ago in an Amherst drunken-driving crash, faces a mandatory prison term of two to seven years.

Prude told the judge he "wasn't paying attention" when he sped through a red light while northbound on Jefferson at High and slammed into Moore's westbound cab.

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