2012-02-16 / Police Blotter

Woman finds pill in milk; man uses ZZ Top insult

Saturday, Feb. 4

  • A 50-inch flat-screen TV, two gaming systems and approximately $1,000 in quarters were removed from a Burch Avenue apartment. The two brothers who share the apartment told police that their main door frame has been broken for more than a month and the landlord has not yet fixed it.

Total calls received: 71

Sunday, Feb. 5

  • A man’s vehicle was reportedly struck by another vehicle in a hit-and-run incident at the intersection of Briarwood Drive and Center Road. The victim followed the suspect vehicle to a Briarwood address, which police responded to. A friend answered the door and was uncooperative with police; he attempted to flee the scene and resisted arrest. Police were unable to make contact with the homeowner, also the owner of the suspect vehicle.

Total calls received: 42

Monday, Feb. 6

  • Police arrested a woman who was accused of assaulting another woman on Center Road. The victim told police that she refused to allow the subject to stay at her house, which caused the subject to become irrational and belligerent. She began attacking the victim before diving out a rear window in an attempt to flee the scene. The subject ran through several backyards but was apprehended on Lyndale Court; police had to display a Taser gun in order for her to comply. She is charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.
  • Patrol stopped a flatbed tow truck operating on Ashland Avenue — a non-designated truck route — with a pickup on the bed. Further investigation revealed the driver’s license was suspended and that the flatbed was operating with a dealer’s plate.
  • Three separate transactions totaling about $55 were fraudulently made to a resident’s credit card account.
  • A woman resident who filed for a credit history report learned that a fraudulent charge of $875 was made to her account in November by a high school in Greenville, S.C. The woman said she’s never lived in or visited that state. In addition, the unpaid charge had increased to $930 since it was past due.
  • A Phyllis Drive resident reported that her vehicle’s rear license plate had been stolen, likely sometime overnight. The vehicle was driven that morning by her son, who went to work at Tim Hortons on Union Road; they noticed the plate missing when he returned home.

Total calls received: 63

Tuesday, Feb. 7

  • A man visiting his mother on Emporium Drive observed a younger male walking away from his vehicle, which was parked in the driveway. When the man chased after the suspect, he came across a young female who he believed was working with the male suspect. Then the male suspect appeared and said, “I didn’t take [anything] from your vehicle.” The suspect called the man “ZZ Top” and threw an umbrella in his direction. The two suspects left the scene. Sometime later, the man realized his keys had been removed from the ignition.
  • A man noticed approximately $400 worth of damage to his car while it was in a church’s Seneca Street lot.
  • Police realized a young male, who was being booked at the time, was in possession of two stolen credit cards that belonged to his grandmother. The woman told police that she would like to file charges against him.
  • A person reported finding a broken window at a Seneca Street business. The estimated cost to replace the window is $500.
  • A woman resident had returned a gallon of milk to Wegmans on Orchard Park Road after finding a yellow and blue pill inside the container.

Total calls received: 53

Wednesday, Feb. 8

  • Patrol stopped a vehicle that failed to use a turn signal from Potters Road to Seneca Street. Upon speaking to the male driver, patrol asked about the status of his license. The man replied, “I don’t know — I owe West Seneca some money.” Further investigation revealed the man’s license was suspended and that he had an active arrest warrant out of the Village of Depew.
  • A man was arrested for attempting to steal two wallets worth a total of $54 from Bon-Ton in the Southgate Plaza.

Total calls received: 71

Thursday, Feb. 9

  • A woman called the police after receiving a number of threatening and harassing phone calls from an unknown person.
  • An employee of Save A Lot on Union Road was caught on camera stealing a cart full of groceries at the end of her shift. She reportedly loaded the cart with goods and pushed it to the back of the room; she kept it there until she left for the day.
  • A Center Road man reported that the registration sticker and a commercial license plate were removed from his company vehicle.

Total calls received: 47

Friday, Feb. 10

  • Sometime overnight, a woman’s vehicle on Mineral Springs Road was damaged. The front passenger window was found to be smashed and a navigational device, which was mounted to the front windshield, had been removed.

Total calls received: 56

Sunday, Feb. 12

  • An Orchard Park Road man received a letter in the mail from an alleged collection agency, which stated that the man owed nearly $3,000 for unpaid cellular services with Verizon Wireless. Upon contacting the company, the man learned that an account had been opened in 2007 using his Social Security number. The address had been changed from Amherst Street to Washington Street, both in Buffalo.
  • Patrol observed a vehicle with an improper dealer’s plate turn off Ashmond Avenue onto Lenox Avenue. The driver was recognized by patrol from previous incidents, and it was known that the man did not possess a valid license. A stop was performed as the man was pulling into his driveway; he began walking toward his home but was called back to the patrol car. He admitted that his license remains suspended but that he had to drop his daughter off somewhere.

Total calls received: 33

Monday, Feb. 13

  • The owner of a Clinton Street business reported finding random objects covered in orange spray paint on the outside of the building. Two vehicles parked unlocked near the building were entered and a knife was used to create large rips in the upholstery of the vehicles’ front seats.
  • A resident reported that an unauthorized charge with $44 was made to his credit card account.
  • A young man’s iPhone was stolen while he was using the gymnasium at the YMCA on Southwestern Boulevard. He set it down on top of the blue mat on the wall while he played basketball for 10 minutes.
  • Patrol observed a man not wearing a seatbelt while driving on Clinton Street. During the stop, patrol also observed an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The man produced a bag filled with 15 smaller bags, each one reportedly containing marijuana.

Total calls received: 54

(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual calls received by the West Seneca Police Department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported. Residents can report incidents to the WSPD by calling its anonymous tip line at 675-8423.)

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