(10 AM) Lakewood Man Who Stole Car At Dealership Jailed After Crashing In Florida
LAKEWOOD — A Lakewood man who police say broke into a village car dealership and stole cash and a vehicle earlier this year has been jailed after crashing the vehicle during a chase in Florida.
Collin A. Slack, 22, was recently extradited to New York after being jailed for several months in Orange County, Fla.
Members of the Lakewood-Busti Police Department and the Chautauqua County Crime Scene Investigation Unit had been investigating a burglary at Jamestown Honda, located on East Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood. Police alleged that Slack — a former employee of the dealership — broke into the dealership and stole cash, a 2018 Honda Accord and a state dealer plate.
The incident occurred in “early 2018,” the Lakewood-Busti Police Department said in a press release.
Investigators learned where Slack was when the Accord passed through a toll booth in Florida. With assistance from Orange County Police, Slack and the car were located. Slack was taken into custody in April 7 after crashing the car during a pursuit.
Slack is facing charges of burglary, grand larceny, criminal mischief and petit larceny. He was recently remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail on $25,000 bail.
The Lakewood man is also facing charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument and third-degree burglary in a separate case in which he allegedly went into Walmart in the village and presented fake $100 bills. He was previously banned from entering any Walmart location.
Lakewood-Busti police were assisted by county investigators and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.