'Candy Bar Burglar' charged with four felonies after crime spree

Charged after Tonawanda City Police investigation
Posted at 9:37 AM, Sep 14, 2016

A Lancaster teenager has been dubbed the 'Candy Bar Burglar' by Tonawanda City Police.

18 year-old Warren Bellinger is facing four felony charges and five misdemeanors after a weekend crime spree. Bellinger and a 14 year-old female runaway from Buffalo were traveling around Tonawanda, stealing items from cars. 

Bellinger is charged with two burglaries, two stolen vehicle charges and numerous larcenies.

When the duo found an unlocked car with keys in the center console, they drove off and stole other items. Bellinger broke into a garage and stole five cases of candy bars, belonging to a high school football booster club.

In a Tonawanda City Police investigation, they found the pair was responsible for breaking into a home while the owner was sleeping and stole car keys the week prior.

The duo was caught after a citizen reported two people acting suspicious around a car.

Bellinger waived his felony hearing and bail remains at $20,000. The case will be transferred to felony court.

Captain Fredric Foels of the Tonawanda Police Department released this statement: 

"All in all we cleared 2 burglaries, 2 car thieves and numerous car larcenies that occurred last weekend, we still have some unclaimed property including rings, keys and electronic devices. Any people missing items can call us.  Detective Lt. Scott Sheehan, Det. David Ray, Det. David Ljiljanich along with Patrol Lt. Phillip Hankinson and Officer Nathan Schultz worked long on this case and that resulted in all the charges. The 14 year old female will face charges in Family court."