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Man suspected of stealing cans of gas captured after police chase

A young black male, possibly Hispanic, was the subject of a police pursuit after a caller told dispatch he was observed stealing gas cans from a residence on West Main Street Road and attempting to fill up a maroon two-tone pickup truck with gasoline.

He's now in custody after he hopped a fence at the Batavia Meadows apartment complex and ran behind Valu Plaza, jumped into the Tonawanda Creek and climbed up the other side.

He dropped something along the way and law enforcement is looking to recover it, possibly a blue duffle bag and some other sort of bag.

He's said to be wearing blue jeans, a black coat with yellow on the sleeves, and a black hat.

He was captured after he went up Meadowcrest Drive and "he is looking at felony charges." Multiple law enforcement units responded to the call.

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