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Two suspects steal car, lead police on chase minutes after release from jail

Two men were arrested in Genesee County, New York on Monday in connection with a larceny investigation, but police say their freedom was short-lived. Just thirty minutes after their release from jail, the men allegedly stole a car and led police on a chase through two counties.

According to Batavia police, Evan Vanskiver, 31, of Brockport, and Adam Montes, 38, of Hamlin, were arrested and released from jail in Elba, Genesee County. The pair then allegedly stole a car near Bank Street and North Street in Batavia, leading police on a chase through the city and into Alexander, Pembroke, and Darien.


Police say the suspects crashed into another car on Route 5 near Wortendyke Road while attempting to avoid a set of spike strips deployed by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. Despite the collision, the stolen vehicle continued to drive through the surrounding areas.

The chase came to an end when the vehicle crashed into a dumpster at an apartment complex on Sokol Drive in Attica, Wyoming County. Vanskiver, who police say was the driver, fled on foot but was taken into custody after a brief pursuit. Montes was apprehended in the vehicle.


Vanskiver faces multiple charges, including felony counts of criminal mischief, grand larceny, conspiracy, and unlawfully fleeing. Montes is charged with felony grand larceny and conspiracy.

Both suspects are being held at the Genesee County Jail pending arraignment. Fortunately, no one was hurt during the chase or subsequent arrests.