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A young couple faces charges in connection with a recent Town of Tonawanda burglary spree that was spurred by drug use, town police reported.
Jason Graham, 18, and Lauren Rose Olmsted, 20, were taken into custody Thursday afternoon at a local motel, police said. The two don't appear to have permanent addresses.
Olmsted and Graham were each charged with two counts of felony attempted burglary, two counts of felony burglary, one count of felony grand larceny, two counts of criminal mischief and two counts of petit larceny.
They were arraigned Friday afternoon before Tonawanda Town Judge Mark Gruber.
Police are looking to link the two to several burglaries or attempted burglaries within the past month or so in the Deerhurst neighborhood, as well as elsewhere in the town.
"They are trying to connect them to all those," said Lt. Nicholas A. Bado, a department spokesman.
In one August attempt, a barking dog alerted a Hartford Avenue resident to an attempt to force open a screen window, police said. The resident saw a man and woman running away.
Since police publicly released information about the crime spree in mid-August, when six incidents within a week were reported by Deerhurst-area residents, additional burglaries or attempts have occurred.
"We have had a couple other attempts in other parts of town that were similar," the lieutenant said.
Witness descriptions helped lead police to the suspects, who were taken into custody early Thursday afternoon at a Sheridan Drive motel.
Officer Mike Mulla had talked to a motel manager and learned the suspects were staying there, Bado said.
In talking to the suspects, detectives learned they were motivated by drug use, Bado said.
Charges are pending against the two, who remain in custody.
"Even though they made an arrest, we still have to put the whole case together," Bado said.

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