Alleged repeat shoplifter targets dairy, bakery goods
Monday, April 2
Three individuals were charged in the possession of burglary tools after their vehicle was stopped by patrol on Gemcor Drive. Such tools as a flashlight, bolt cutters and an axe hammer were located in the back of the vehicle and indicated suspicious activity. The three later admitted to having been looking for a place on Union Road to obtain copper wire. In addition, the driver was charged with driving while intoxicated and endangering the welfare of a child.
Total calls received: 53
Tuesday, April 3
A computer was reported missing from West Seneca East Senior High School. Both students and staff were said to have used the computer, which may have disappeared sometime between November and the present.
A man was attempting to load dog food and beer, which he allegedly stole from Tops on Orchard Park Road, into his vehicle when he was confronted by store personnel. He reportedly left the goods and fled the scene. The suspect was described as a 35-year-old white male about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds and having brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black coat, blue jeans and black boots.
Several items were removed from a Schaeffer Drive home that was reportedly burglarized. The owner realized that $2,500 in cash and $500 in coins were missing. Also removed was a 48-inch flat-screen TV worth $1,500, 12 fantasy swords worth a total of $2,600 and three bottles of liquor. An upstairs tenant also reported that his dresser drawers had been rifled through.
Patrol responded to Wegmans on Orchard Park Road where an alleged shoplifter was detained. The man was accused of walking out of the store without paying for $20 worth of dairy and bakery products concealed inside a plastic bag. The store did not press charges due to the low monetary value of the goods. The man was further accused of stealing from the store during the last four days, each incident also under $20.
Total calls received: 50
Thursday, April 5
After filing her taxes, a woman on East & West Road was advised that another person had already filed taxes using her Social Security number. It was unclear at that time if it was done fraudulently or was a mistake.
A Harlem Road woman reported that a box of cookie dough worth $58, which her daughter was to sell for a PTA fundraiser, was removed from her front porch. A volunteer reportedly delivered the cookie dough that day and left it on the porch since no one was home.
Total calls received: 58
Friday, April 6
Patrol confiscated three sets of foreign silver coins from a driver on Union Road. The driver was stopped for failing to yield the right of way and for having a tinted cover over his license plate. In addition to the coins, patrol also observed several gold and silver spoons and knives as well as a box of baseball trading cards inside the vehicle. The driver claimed that he works for an auction company and collects the items as a hobby. It was unclear at that time if the items were stolen.
Total calls received: 60
(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.)