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Buffalo man charged for allegedly stealing a car because he needed a ride home from court

Posted at 8:36 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 08:36:07-05

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo man has been arrested on multiple charges, after he allegedly stole a car because he needed a ride home from court.

Police in West Seneca say 46-year-old Lawrence Zielinski was observed traveling without headlights on Union Road, didn't have a license, and gave officers a false name, on Tuesday.

Authorities then say they discovered a vehicle reported stolen at a Rite Aid less then a mile away.

Zielinski told police that he “was just trying to get home, so I took it."

He's been charged with the following

  • Grand Larceny of a Vehicle 4th degree (Class E Felony)
  • Criminal Possession of a Stolen Vehicle 4th degree (Class E Felony)
  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle 3rd degree (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • False Personation (Class B Misdemeanor)
  • Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd degree (Misdemeanor)