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Teen arrested twice in three hours, accused of stealing from vehicles on Grand Island

A 15-year-old was arrested twice within three hours on Thursday, accused of stealing items from inside vehicles on Grand Island, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said.

The teen was picked up with a 16-year-old at about 4:15 a.m. on Regency Drive. He was charged and released to his father's custody.

Less than three hours later, just after 7 a.m., he was spotted entering vehicles on Tracey Lane.

After being arrested again, he was again released into his father's custody. The Sheriff's Office said it had to release the 15-year-old due to his age. In order for a person to be remanded to the Erie County Holding Center, he or she must be at least 16 years old, said Scott Zylka, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

For the initial arrest, he and the 16-year-old were charged with two counts of petit larceny, two counts of criminal possession of stolen property, conspiracy and unlawful possession of personal identification, the Sheriff's Office said. The 16-year-old was held on $200 bail and taken to the holding center.

For the arrest on Tracey Lane, the 15-year-old was charged with petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and harassment, after allegedly making physical contact with one of the vehicle owners.

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