Train Accident Victim ID’d as Woman Wanted in String of Church Thefts

| May 24, 2010

BUFFALO-The Buffalo Police Department has confirm that the woman killed in Friday's train accident on the city's west side is Sandra Abrams, a woman accused in a string of 2009 church thefts.

Abrams, 37, was hit by an Amtrak train late Friday afternoon at the foot of Albany Street in Buffalo. She was declared dead at the scene. The accident is under investigation.

In November 2009, Abrams was accused of stealing purses and personal items from people during services at four churches.

Her mother turned her in, and authorities eventually found her hiding in a trailer in the Southern Tier. Abrams was known to keep addresses in both Salamanca and Buffalo.

At the time, Abrams' mother said her daughter had been living on the street for two years and needed help with a heroin addiction.

Back in March, a judge ordered a warrant for Abram's arrest after she failed to show up to a scheduled court appearance.

According to Abrams' obituary, she is a graduate of Gowanda High School, The University of Maine and Buffalo State College.

She had previously been employed at the Seneca Nation Bingo Hall in Salamanca.

Calling hours are being held at her mother's house in Salamanca.

Abrams is survived by her parents, three brothers and three sisters.

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