Weekly Feature



2011-05-26 / Police Blotter

Drunk driver takes nap while parked at gas pump

Wednesday, May 18

  • A man was caught using a box cutter to open seven DVD cases from their packaging. He then concealed the DVDs in his jacket and attempted to pass all points of purchase from Kmart on Orchard Park Road.
  • Six garden gnomes were removed from the flower bed of a Klas Avenue residence.
  • Also on Klas Avenue, a female resident reported that three Donald Duck lawn ornaments were removed from her lawn.

Total calls received: 57

Thursday, May 19

  • Police confiscated a male’s military identification card after the subject was found to have been discharged from the armed forces. The card was supposed to be turned in to his former military unit. The subject presented the card, as well as his license, when patrol questioned why he was sleeping in a vehicle on Thorndale Avenue.
  • A woman on Indian Church Road reported that a wood and iron bench was missing from her front yard.

Total calls received: 56

Friday, May 20

  • A female resident learned that her M&T Bank credit/debit card was fraudulently used after she was notified of having insufficient funds in her account. Two charges each totaling more than $100 had been made at two separate Noco Express shops. The bank reimbursed the victim, who was unaware her card was missing.

Total calls received: 59

Saturday, May 21

  • A spotlight and bullhorn were confiscated from two teenagers who were stopped while driving on Seneca Street. Patrol observed the youths shining the spotlight into the windows of a Ford Mustang while both vehicles were stopped next to each other at the intersection of Seneca and Harlem Road. The Mustang attempted to slow down and change lanes to pull over when a pickup nearly struck the Mustang from behind. The teen driver was charged with disorderly conduct, as well as driving an non-inspected vehicle.

Total calls received: 61

Sunday, May 22

  • A woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated after she failed several sobriety tests. Her vehicle was observed speeding and crossing over the center lane several times on Ridge Road. The woman said she was coming from Strikers, where she consumed three wines. She registered a .14 percent blood-alcohol level.
  • Approximately $120 was stolen from a woman’s purse. She left it unattended for “15 seconds” at a Clinton Street bar.
  • A man was observed passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle at a gas pump on Union Road. Patrol woke the male, who then failed several sobriety tests. He said his license was in the possession of Lockport police due to his involvement in an incident the week prior. The male said he was coming from a wedding and refused to submit to a chemical test on the advice of his parents.
  • Four youths dressed in dark clothing were stopped by patrol on Woodcrest Drive. They reportedly peered into each car as they walked westbound down the street. The subjects were reluctant to answer any questions and refused to keep their hands out of their pockets. One subject was arrested for disorderly conduct and held on $500 bail; the others were released to their parents.
  • A window was found broken at a greenhouse on Clinton Street. The owner said it would cost $200 to replace both the window and plants, which had to be thrown out due to having glass in them.
  • An American flag was removed from the front porch of a Tudor Boulevard home.
  • A subject described as a “thin, white male” was observed stealing a cheese platter, bag of chips and sushi from Wegmans on Orchard Park Road. The suspect was gone before patrol’s arrival.
  • A male believed to be in his 30s was observed exiting the female locker room at the YMCA on Southwestern Boulevard, with a camera phone in his hand. The man circled the parking lot on foot before getting on a black Harley Davidson Fat Boy and proceeding northbound on Transit Road. The suspect was seen wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans and a black baseball cap with flames on the side.

Total calls received: 66

(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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