Two people charged with possessing a stolen car in Buffalo this week ran into what they might consider some remarkably bad luck.
First, the stolen SUV sustained some tire damage, so they took it to a repair shop on Main Street on Tuesday morning, according to police reports.
As the vehicle sat in the shop's parking lot, the black Lexus SUV caught the eye of someone: the owner's wife.
After somehow discovering the stolen SUV, she went inside the Monro Auto Service and Tire Center on Main, near Hertel Avenue, and was told by employees a man brought the car in that day at about 8 a.m., according to the reports.
The woman called police.
The SUV was reported stolen from outside a home on Margaret Road in Amherst around 1:20 a.m. Feb. 13, according to an Amherst police report.
Elijah E. Davis, 22, of Buffalo, and a 17-year-old girl both were charged with possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to a Buffalo police report.
The police reports do not indicate the circumstances that led the vehicle owner's wife to find the SUV.
At the scene, repair shop employees directed Buffalo police officers toward Davis, who was standing across the street.
When the officer exited the business, Davis began walking quickly and went into a nearby parking lot, where he was caught. A witness told police Davis put an object beneath a vehicle. That's where police recovered a loaded handgun, according to the report.
Davis was also charged with weapons possession and trespassing. The teenager was arrested when she returned to the repair shop.
On Thursday, Buffalo police charged Davis, who was in custody at the Erie County Holding Center, in connection with a Jan. 11 robbery that police say happened at Main and West Huron streets. In that incident, a woman told police three men took cash and her cellphone at gunpoint. Davis was charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree menacing.