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Teens prosecuted for stealing vehicles, committing other crimes

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Posted at 12:41 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 12:46:16-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn says his office is investigating and prosecuting adolescent offenders on charges related to stolen vehicles and other crimes.

The district attorney's office has released the names of three adolescent offenders who are not eligible for youthful offender status.

17-year-old Casson H. McCutcheon of Buffalo allegedly nearly hit a police officer while driving a stolen vehicle on Clarence Avenue on October 7, 2020. In that case McCutcheon is charged with attempted assault on a police officer, criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree and other misdemeanor charges and traffic law violations.

McCutcheon also allegedly stole another vehicle from an address on Cornwall Avenue and was found in possession of the vehicle at the Walden Galleria on October 12, 2020. In that case he is charged with grand larceny in the third degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, unauthorized use of a vehicle in the third degree and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree.

Officials say McCutcheon also faces grand larceny charges for allegedly using stolen credit cards. He is due in court on February 10.

17-year-old Kenneth Craig of Buffalo received an indeterminate sentence of 1 to 3 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges for his involvement in stolen vehicle cases and other crimes. Craig pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree for possession two vehicles which were reported stolen from Niagara County on August 3, 2020.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the third degree for being the passenger of a vehicle reported stolen on February 13, 2020. Craig pleaded guilty to one county of robbery in the third degree as well for robbing at a bank on Main Street in Amherst September 11, 2020.

18-year-old Tommie A. Claiborne received an indeterminate sentence of 1 to 3 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges for his involvement in stolen vehicle cases. Claiborne was 17 at the time of the crime.

He was arrested by Kenmore police on February 27, 2020 for driving a stolen vehicle and was also arrested by Buffalo police in June 2020 when he was found in possession of a vehicle reported stolen. Claiborne pleaded guilty to one count criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree and one count of criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree.

Three additional teens are being prosecuted on charges related to stolen vehicles and other crimes. They have not been named due to their youthful offender status.