Bad day, pink eye used as excuses by drunk driver
Sunday, June 26
- A woman suspected of shoplifting was said to have passed all points of purchase at Kmart on Orchard Park Road with more than $900 worth of merchandise. Items included a vacuum cleaner, air mattress, “Dora the Explorer” chair and doll, a password journal, pool float and two Yankee Candles.
Total calls received: 72
Monday, June 27
- A Seneca Street resident reported that copper electrical wiring, which ran from the exterior of the building and provided power from a pole, had been stolen. Police found that a nearby meter had also been damaged. The estimated damage was valued at about $2,000.
- A resident in a lower apartment on Fisher Road reported that someone had stepped on a purple daisy plant display in an alleged attempt to make entry to the common basement. The upper window hinge was found to be broken off; however, nothing was reported missing at the time. Total damage was estimated at roughly $70.
- A driver was stopped on Cindy Lane for speeding and following another vehicle too closely. The driver told patrol he was just down the road from his house and asked for a break because he had a “bad day.” Patrol observed an odor of alcohol emanating from the vehicle, and that the driver had slurred speech and glassy eyes. The suspect said his eyes were red due to having “pink eye.” He then failed several sobriety tests and later registered a .13 percent blood-alcohol level.
Total calls received: 60
Tuesday, June 28
- Two alleged shoplifters attempted to steal nearly $40 worth of goods from Tops on Harlem Road.
- A landscape worker reported that his backpack blower was stolen while he was mowing the back yard of a Union Road residence. The blower was valued at roughly $800.
Total calls received: 55
Wednesday, June 29
- A steel sewer grate worth $500 was removed from an Empire Drive parking lot during early morning hours.
- A Mineral Springs Road resident discovered two holes had been poked through the screen to a rear storm door which is in the area of the door lock; however, no entry to the home was made.
Total calls received: 55
(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual, sometimes humorous calls received by the police department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported. Residents can report incidents to the West Seneca Police Department by calling its anonymous tip line at 675-8423.)