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78-year-old man charged with stealing police car, causing crashes

Posted at 4:53 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 16:53:01-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A 78-year-old Buffalo man is facing several charges after police say he tried to steal a patrol car.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office says Robert Closs was arraigned Monday afternoon on one count each of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree, and various vehicle and traffic charges.

Police say officers were outside of their patrol car investigating a call near South Park Avenue and Marilla Street last Wednesday evening around 6:30 p.m. That's when police say Closs jumped into the vehicle and took off. Police say they told Closs to stop, but Closs continued driving before crashing into another vehicle and then a house.

Closs was remanded pending a forensic investigation. Bail will be set at $10,000.

He is scheduled to be back in court on March 20.