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Cheektowaga man receives indeterminate sentence for 14 vehicle thefts

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Cheektowaga man has been sentenced to an indeterminate sentence for several alleged high-end vehicle thefts, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

Between December 2022 and September 2023, Richard E. Lucas III, 21, stole 14 vehicles from dealerships in Amherst, Tonawanda, Orchard Park, Grand Island and Clarence.

The value of the vehicles ranged between $22,388 and $135,000.

Lucas pleaded guilty in March to:

  • second degree criminal possession of stolen property

  • second degree criminal mischief

  • unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the third degree

  • unlawful in the third degree while fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle

  • five counts, second-degree grand larceny

  • two counts, third degree burglary

  • two counts, second degree criminal mischief

He was sentenced to an indeterminate prison term of five to 15 years.

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