An 18-year-old Lancaster man and a 14-year-old Buffalo girl have been charged with stealing two cars, breaking into vehicles and taking five cases of candy bars from a garage in the City of Tonawanda.
Warren D. Bellinger, of Cambria Street, faces four felony charges and five misdemeanor counts for the activity, most of which occurred in the area of Hackett Drive and Hinds Street last weekend, City of Tonawanda police said Wednesday.
Police said Bellinger and the girl stole items out of cars, and took an unlocked vehicle after he found its keys in the center console.
Bellinger and the 14-year-old also are accused of stealing a vehicle on the west side of the City of Tonawanda a week earlier, according to police. The pair entered a home while the homeowner was napping, took the car keys and stole the car, police said.
That vehicle was later found abandoned by Lancaster police.
Also, five cases of candy bars were taken from a garage of a high school football booster club volunteer, police said.
Investigators tracked Bellinger down after a report of some teens acting suspiciously around a vehicle on Gibson Street at about 6:30 a.m. Friday. At the time, the teens appeared to be wiping the vehicle’s door handles and later told police they did that because they saw it in a television show, said City of Tonawanda Police Capt. Fredric Foels.
Police charged Bellinger with two counts of second-degree burglary, grand larceny of an automobile, grand larceny, two counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle and several counts of larceny. Bellinger, who waived a felony hearing in Tonawanda City Court, was being held on $20,000 bail.
The 14-year-old girl, reported to have run away from a home in Buffalo, will face charges in family court, according to police.