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Bail set at $25,000 for co-defendants after stealing purse

BY: Kori Sciandra | May 01, 2013

TONAWANDA - Co-defendants Joshua S. StGeorge, 35, of Saint Davids Road, Lancaster, and 17-year-old Emily L. Bonczar, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, were arrested in the City of Tonawanda just before 9 p.m. Saturday, April 27 after they stole a woman’s purse from TOPS on Niagara Street, Tonawanda.

The pair watched a female head toward her vehicle as she was vacating TOPS. As she began to put her recently purchased groceries into her vehicle, Bonczar reached into the woman’s cart, grabbed her purse and the duo began to flee the scene.

In the heat of the moment, the victim chased down Bonczar as both she and StGeorge were getting into what was described as a dark colored, Chevy Cruz. The victim was able to boldly make contact with StGeorge’s shirt, just before he drove off with both Bonczar and the woman’s purse in the vehicle with him.

As onlookers identified the vehicle and a portion of the license plate number, City of Tonawanda police were able to locate the vehicle on Youngs Street and detain the thieves.

Both were held at the Niagara County Holding Center on $25,000 bail each.

StGeorge was charged with robbery in the second degree (Felony); robbery in the third degree (Felony); conspiracy in the fourth degree (Felony); grand larceny in the fourth degree/credit card (Felony); criminal facilitation in the fourth degree; and petit larceny.

Bonczar was charged with robbery in the second degree (Felony); robbery in the third degree (Felony); conspiracy in the fourth degree (Felony); grand larceny in the fourth degree/credit card (Felony); criminal possession of a controlled substance; petit larceny; possession of a hypodermic needle; and criminal impersonation of a person.

Police also found a pipe typically used for crack-cocaine in Bonczar’s purse.

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