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Accused burglar charged with returning to scene, stealing victim’s car

One of two teenagers accused of burglarizing a Buffalo woman’s home last week returned later in the week after he was released from custody without bail and stole her car, police said Wednesday. They expressed exasperation with a “revolving door” that allows suspects to remain free to commit more crimes.

The 16-year-old from Cheektowaga is in the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $15,000 bail facing two separate sets of charges from the original burglary and the car theft, according to police.

“It seems that we are arresting the same people day after day and it is disturbing in this case that one of the individuals was released only to victimize the same complainant again,” Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said. “This isn’t right.”

After the Cheektowaga teen and a 16-year-old companion from Buffalo were caught following a chase Tuesday by Northeast District Police Officers Daniel Owczarczak and Timothy Perrott, they were allowed to remain free pending future court appearances.

The Cheektowaga resident then allegedly returned to the home on Ada Place, near the intersection of Jefferson Avenue, sometime between 7 p.m. Friday and 6:30 a.m. Saturday and drove off with the woman’s 2012 Camry, police said.

Northeast District Officer Tina Ferraro late Saturday afternoon arrested him at East Delavan Avenue and Grider Street and charged him with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Police believe the Cheektowaga teen stole an extra set of car keys that he stashed after he and his companion burglarized the home.

Witnesses had called police at about 1 p.m. Tuesday to report they heard glass breaking and then spotted two people running out of the home with a flat-screen television.

Owczarczak spotted two individuals matching a description of the burglars riding bicycles several blocks away at Glenwood Avenue and Verplanck Street and stopped them.

Police charged the teens with burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal mischief for damaging the house. They allegedly removed the television set, a DVD player, jewelry and cash.

The burglary case is expected to be presented to a grand jury. The Cheektowaga teen also is scheduled to appear in City Court at 9:30 a.m. Friday for a felony hearing in the car theft case.