Weekly Feature

2011-01-27 / Police Blotter

Police track lobster thief from footprints in snow

Friday, Jan. 14

A Buffalo male was taken into custody after patrol stopped his vehicle for operating with snow-covered plates on Indian Church Road. The male was found to have an outstanding warrant out of West Seneca.

Patrol stopped a vehicle with an inadequate exhaust on Union Road. A computer check revealed the driver had a suspended license.

Total calls received: 64

Saturday, Jan. 15

An obstructed view prompted patrol to stop a vehicle on Clinton Street. The driver was then found to have a suspended license.

A Christopher Drive male found several unauthorized transactions on his online bank account that totaled more than $1,800 and were made out of Illinois. He became aware of the fraud when he attempted to use his debit card and was declined. According to the complainant, this is the fifth or sixth time the fraudulent charges have occurred on his Five Star Bank account.

Total calls received: 54

Sunday, Jan. 16

A man was found to have a suspended license after his vehicle was stopped on Seneca Street for operating without a front license plate.

While on Orchard Park Road, patrol stopped a vehicle with an expired inspection sticker from September 2010. Further investigation revealed the driver’s license was suspended.

The stainless steel lock on a Seneca Street shed was found to be broken off its hinge, though nothing was reported missing at the time.

Total calls received: 48

Monday, Jan. 17

A vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Campus and Center roads. Patrol then found the driver’s license to have been suspended on two occasions.

Patrol stopped a vehicle on Union Road for operating without a visible license plate. The driver was in possession of a valid plate, which he keeps on the dashboard, he said, due to having had numerous transporter plates stolen in the past.

Total calls received: 46

Tuesday, Jan. 18

The front license plate was removed from a trailer on East & West Road.

Patrol stopped three vehicles on separate occasions —on Ridge and Harlem roads, and Clinton Street — for possessing an expired inspection sticker, all from September 2010. All three drivers were each found to have a suspended license.

A female resident was stopped on Seneca Street for no registration in effect for her vehicle. She was not in possession of her driver’s license, which she immediately told patrol was suspended.

Total calls received: 55

Wednesday, Jan. 19

An employee of a Union Road gas station reported that a male had allegedly stolen two packs of Newport cigarettes and driven away. The suspect’s vehicle was located on Seneca Street and failed to immediately yield to police. The driver was found to be in possession of the unopened packs of cigarettes and was positively identified by the complainant as the thief. Further investigation revealed a glass smoking pipe found in the center console of the vehicle. Also, the driver did not possess a valid registration certificate, proof of insurance, or license, which was said to be suspended.

A young female resident was caught attempting to steal $113.57 worth of goods from Tops on Harlem Road.

A driver was found to have a revoked license after his vehicle was stopped on Transit Road for operating with an expired inspection sticker and inadequate exhaust.

Total calls received: 56

Thursday, Jan. 20

An Orchard Park man was arrested for driving while intoxicated after he was observed to be speeding nearly 20 mph over the speed limit on Transit Road. He reportedly failed multiple sobriety tests.

An employee of Wegmans on Orchard Park Road observed an alleged male shoplifter run out of the store toward Loxley Court. Patrol tracked the suspect’s footprints to a nearby parking lot where the man was found lying down inside a vehicle. He was said to be in possession of nearly $30 worth of stolen lobster.

Total calls received: 64

(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.)

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