Police: Shoeless bike thief chased through woods in Orchard Park

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — An Orchard Park man sent police on a chase through the woods after they say he tried to steal a bicycle.

On Tuesday afternoon, Orchard Park Police responded to a call for a burglary in progress at a home on Stonehenge Drive.

The homeowner told police that she had just arrived home when she saw a man leaving her garage with her bicycle.

After chasing the alleged thief on foot, the homeowner called police, who subsequently chased the suspect into the woods south of her home.

The suspect’s shoes got stuck in the mud, but he kept running and made it through several neighborhoods and backyards, according to officers.

The man, identified as Evan Lynch, 21, was stopped and taken into custody in the Birdsong neighborhood. He was charged with burglary, criminal possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

Along with this, police say they found powder cocaine in Lynch’s possession, leading to a charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

After being unable to post bail following arraignment, Lynch was committed to the Erie County Holding Center.

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