Young Children in Backseat of Stolen Car

August 2, 2011 Updated Aug 3, 2011 at 4:50 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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August 2, 2011 Updated Aug 3, 2011 at 4:50 AM EDT

Lancaster, N.Y. (WKBW)- A nineteen-year-old man goes on a crime spree in Lancaster. Two of those crimes involved children. Authorities say it all started on Ransom Road Monday night.

"An individual had stopped to drop something off at a relatives house. He went to the house and was coming out. He wasn't away for more than a minute or two but then the individual jumped in and took it," Lancaster Police Captain Timothy Murphy said.

In the backseat of the car were two young children ages 8 months and 4 years old. Police began a massive search around the neighborhood for the car and this suspect Kenneth Kamolz of Elma. Authorities found the car and the children in a neighborhood off Walden Ave.

"When he realized the children were in it, he dumped the vehicle but the problem was the vehicle was closed up, windows and everything and it was still 80 degrees," Murphy said.

The young kids were not harmed and reunited with their parents but Kamolz didn't stop there.

"We received another call of an individual on a bike. He was trying to get into a vehicle on Walden Avenue. He had stopped a car and he was armed with a hammer," Murphy said.

Police finally caught up with Kamolz. When he resisted arrest, they were forced to tase him. He was then arrest and charged with Attempted Robbery, Kidnapping, Reckless Endangerment and a slew of other charges.

Residents in the area, including Bonnie Bianco, said this kind of crime in the area is rare.

"This is a very quiet neighborhood, very kid friendly. You would never expect something like this to happen in this area. It's shocking but hopefully it's just an isolated incident," Bianco said.

Police said the case is still under investigation and more charges may be filed.