Weekly Feature



2011-02-10 / Police Blotter

Father to press charges against son for theft

Friday, Jan. 28

  • Police responded to a pawn shop on Transit Road in West Seneca after a Lancaster male attempted to sell a 190-piece tool set, which he stole from his father. The father told patrol there have been past incidents of thefts involving his son, and he thought it was best to press charges.
  • A woman resident recently opened checking and savings accounts with Bank of America and became suspicious that her new debit card didn’t arrive in the mail. She contacted the bank and learned the card was sent to an old address in Sarasota, Fla, where a family of five currently resides. The woman also learned that the card had been used for a purchase of $600 from an ATM at the “Southgate Plaza” in Sarasota on Jan. 20.
  • Roughly $120 in cash and change was taken from an Indian Church Road apartment. The victim, who recalled locking his door, returned to find the empty currency jars on his bed.

Total calls received: 66

Saturday, Jan. 29

  • A small bag allegedly containing marijuana was found inside a vehicle that police stopped on Seneca Street because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. Further investigation revealed that a glass smoking pipe, allegedly packed with marijuana, and a partially smoked marijuana cigarette were hidden inside the vehicle.

Total calls received: 61

Sunday, Jan. 30

  • Patrol arrested a man for driving while intoxicated on Clinton Street. The vehicle was observed pulling in and out of a business parking lot and also operating without headlights. The driver and his three passengers each told patrol they were in the lot to turn around and that they were en route to Rochester. The driver, who had glassy eyes and an odor of alcohol emanating from his breath, failed several sobriety tests. He admitted to drinking downtown before registering a .21 percent blood-alcohol content.
  • A vehicle was observed weaving in and out of its lane of travel on Clinton Street. Patrol stopped the male driver, who was said to have a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and slurred speech. The suspect admitted to drinking at his home and at a bar before traveling to a friend’s home. He then failed several sobriety tests and registered a .23 percent blood-alcohol content.
  • The manager of a McDonald’s restaurant on Union Road reported finding graffiti in green paint on a stall door and mirror in the men’s bathroom. The manager believes she knows who the suspect is based on video footage, though other patrons were using the facility at the time.

Total calls received: 41

Monday, Jan. 31

  • Patrol found a woman to be driving with a suspended license on Seneca Street.
  • On Orchard Park Road, patrol stopped a vehicle with an obstructed view caused by a hanging air freshener. A computer check revealed the driver has a revoked license.

Total calls received: 55

Tuesday, Feb. 1

  • A vehicle with a loud exhaust was stopped on Seneca Street. Patrol found the driver was operating the vehicle with a suspended license.
  • A suspicious man was observed near a woman’s vehicle while it was parked in the Wegmans parking lot on Orchard Park Road. When the woman returned to her vehicle, she found one of the wiper blades on the front windshield was bent out of position. An employee of the store helped her bend it back, though it is said to be inoperable.
  • Patrol responded to a report of an injury accident at the Seneca Street on-ramp to Route 400. The driver of one of the vehicles involved was found to have a suspended license.

Total calls received: 76

Wednesday, Feb. 2

  • A woman was stopped by store security for attempting to steal $164.43 worth of goods from Tops on Harlem Road.
  • Patrol stopped a vehicle on Seneca Street for operating with a snow-covered rear license plate. Further investigation revealed the plates on the vehicle did not match, and neither plate was registered to the vehicle. Also, the driver’s license was said to be revoked. The driver told police he had to pick up his daughter from Jim’s Steakout so he put the plates on the vehicle, which he reportedly just bought. He admitted to not registering or insuring the vehicle.

Total calls received: 65

Thursday, Feb. 3

  • A driver on Union Road was found to have a suspended license after patrol stopped his vehicle for displaying an inspection sticker that expired in April 2010.

Total calls received: 48

Friday, Feb. 4

  • Patrol observed a vehicle traveling from Lind Avenue to Center Road without headlights. When it stopped in a Lyndale Court driveway, patrol approached the vehicle and found the driver to have slurred speech, glassy eyes and a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his breath. The male driver failed a few sobriety tests before refusing to perform anymore. He was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated and later refused to submit to a chemical test.

Total calls received: 65

(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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