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Elma man, 19, is accused of stealing car with two kids inside in Lancaster; Children in vehicle returned to parents following arrest of suspect on stolen bicycle

A 4-year-old and an 8-month-old baby have been returned to their parents after a car they were sitting in was stolen by a 19-year-old Elma man, Lancaster police said.

Kenneth J. Kamholz was arrested Monday and charged with 15 counts in connection with the incident.

Police were called to Ransom Road about 6 p.m. on a report of a stolen vehicle.

While attempting to locate the car, dispatchers received more calls about a man attempting to steal another vehicle on Walden Avenue.

Officers responded to the second incident and found Kamholz, who matched the description from the first incident, riding a bicycle.

He resisted arrest, and a Taser was used to subdue him, police said.

Kamholz told officers he left the stolen car with the children inside in a residential neighborhood north of Walden, police said.

The vehicle was found at Seneca Place and Juniper Boulevard. The children were unharmed.

An investigation also revealed Kamholz stole the bike he was found riding from a garage in the same residential area, police said.

It was not immediately clear where the children's parents were at the time the car was stolen.

Kamholz was being held at the Lancaster Police Department on the following charges: second-degree attempted robbery; two counts of possession of a weapon; menacing; unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; second-degee reckless endangerment; two counts of endangering the welfare of a child; second-degree kidnapping; two counts of trespassing; two counts of petit larceny; burglary; and resisting arrest.


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