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February 26, 2013

Tonawanda resident takes van, enters parked car

Tonawanda News — A City of Tonawanda woman broke into a Virginia Street home Saturday, stole a credit card and took the keys to the resident’s van, according to police. 

Lindsay R. Evans, 28, of Erie Avenue, then drove the stolen van down the street, got out and entered a parked car.

The owner of the parked car witnessed Evans rummaging through her vehicle, and called police. 

“The woman gave a description of a female going into her car, and a partial plate of the van she drove away in,” Lt. Fredric Foels said. “She took $4 worth of change from the car.”

Police reported to the scene and questioned Evans, who said the van was a friend’s. Officers discovered that Evans had a knife on her, as well as three controlled substances. 

While police were attempting to sort out the situation and who the van belonged to, a man called Tonawanda police and said his van had been stolen. He had witnessed a woman walking in front of his house before he left, but had thought nothing of it. 

“We believe she went up to the door, rang the doorbell and no one came,” Foels said. “Somehow the door was open, she went in, grabbed the credit card off the kitchen table and the keys.”

The owner of the van told police he didn’t know Evans.

Evans was charged at 5:24 p.m. with burglary, grand larceny of a credit card, stealing a vehicle, criminal possession of a weapon, three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a weapon, petit larceny, unlawful possession of marijuana and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.

She was held for court. 

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