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Troopers seek owner of stolen power tools

Updated: 07/06/07 7:11 AM

 State police announced Thursday they are looking for the victim whose power tools were stolen from a Grand Island house over the weekend.

State police recovered a hedge trimmer and a car battery jump-starter during an arrest, but they are now looking for its owner.

State Police Investigator John Di- Pasquale said that the owner may not realize the items were stolen. Police believe the victim lives on Grand Island and left a garage door open sometime after 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

The items were found in a stolen car operated by a Buffalo man, James P. Storm, 25, of Roesch Avenue. Police said he and a 15-year-old boy stole items from unlocked vehicles on Grand Island.

At about 11:40 p.m. Sunday, State Trooper Brian McCloud at the Niagara barracks pulled over the car, observed driving erratically on the Niagara Thruway at Witmer Road in Lewiston. McCloud reovered stolen items, including a woman’s wallet and CDs and the power tools.

Storm was charged with driving while intoxicated, criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest and several traffic violations — including operating a motor vehicle without a license. The 15-year-old boy was also charged as a juvenile, and his case was turned over to Erie County Family Court.

Anyone who believes that their two power tools were stolen are urged to call DiPasquale at 434-1245.