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Sheriff Howard announces the arrest of three individuals in Clarence.


Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports that quick work by Sheriff’s deputies led to the arrest of three individuals on numerous charges Sunday afternoon.

Deputy John Davis of the Erie County Sheriff's Clarence Sub-Station received information from Walmart store security that two females were about to leave the store with a large quantity of merchandise. Deputy Davis arrived just in time to apprehend them as they left the store. Arrested were Lawana A. Minter, age 34, of Irondequoit, and Zasheema B. Allison, age 21, of Rochester. Both were charged with 4th Degree Grand Larceny, a Class E Felony. The items taken were valued in excess of $1300.00. Allison, who did not possess any identification, was additionally charged with a count of False Personation for giving the deputy fictitious names and dates of birth. Both individuals were taken to the Erie County Holding Center to be held pending their arraignment in the Town of Clarence Court.

Deputy Bob Kolmetz, also of the Clarence Sub-Station, was responding to the Walmart to assist Deputy Davis, when he observed a male subject pushing a shopping cart full of merchandise without any store bags. When confronted with this fact, the man immediately admitted that he took the items from the store without paying for them. The man was taken into custody and returned to the store where security determined that the merchandise was worth in excess of $660.00. Arrested was James W. Tolien, age 51, of Hirschfield Rd. in Amherst. He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center on $500.00 bail. A computer check revealed that Mr. Tolien also had an active warrant out of the City of Buffalo. 

The arrests were unrelated to each other.