Weekly Feature

2012-03-29 / Police Blotter

Female thief is ‘highlight’ of employee’s work shift

Monday, March 19

  • A man found damage in his backyard on Center Road, possibly caused by one or more all-terrain vehicles. There were several ruts and holes in the lawn at the rear of his property.
  • A decorative moose head with antlers worth about $500 was removed from a man’s front yard on Leydecker Road.
  • A Union Road hair salon reported theft of services after a woman left without paying for $85 worth of highlights. The woman had been in the salon with her sister and child. During her 30-minute wait period with foils in her hair, she asked if she could go to her vehicle to change her baby. The employee waited an hour for the woman to return before calling police.
  • Roughly 20 carts were stolen from Tops on Orchard Park Road. An employee witnessed a middle aged man in a rusted green pickup drive away from the rear of the store with about eight carts in the bed of the truck. The employee said that damaged carts are reportedly stored at the rear of the building.

Total calls received: 70

Tuesday, March 20

  • Police arrested the man accused of stealing several carts from Tops on Orchard Park Road. He was seen at the rear of the building in the same green pickup that’s been previously reported as toting carts away from the store.
  • The IRS reportedly contacted an Aurora Avenue man to inform him that his 2011 tax information was to be reviewed for accuracy. However, the man said he had not yet submitted the information. He believes someone else may have used his information to file a fraudulent tax return.
  • A woman is accusing the owner of a Union Road consignment shop of not paying her for the sales of the clothing items that she’s placed into the shop during the past four years.
  • Roughly $500 worth of electronics was taken from a resident’s bedroom on Thorndale Avenue. The items included a digital camera and Gameboy Advance.

Total calls received: 77

Wednesday, March 21

  • Patrol responded to Barnett Drive where a suspicious vehicle was circling the neighborhood. The driver was reportedly picking up items from other people’s trash, which is against town law.
  • More than $150 worth of Red Bull was taken from Wegmans on Orchard Park Road. The man accused of stealing the items fled into the woods and swam across the creek. However, he was eventually stopped by patrol on the other side of the woods.

Total calls received: 74

Thursday, March 22

  • A GPS system was removed from an unlocked vehicle on Tampa Drive.
  • A Seneca Street resident reported that $75 and a white gold necklace containing three diamonds were stolen from her apartment.
  • After eating at Jim’s Steakout on Seneca Street, a woman realized that her driver’s license was missing.
  • A woman’s wallet was reportedly stolen from her while she was shopping at Kmart on Orchard Park Road. The wallet contained about $90 cash, her birth certificate and a bank debit card.
  • A pair of hair cutting scissors worth $30 was among the items reported missing from a woman’s vehicle on Burch Avenue. It was not known if the vehicle was unlocked, although there were no signs of forced entry. Also missing were hair combs and a case containing binoculars, a compass and Swiss Army knife.
  • The driver-side window of a woman’s vehicle was smashed sometime overnight while it was parked on Dwyer Street.

Total calls received: 63

Friday, March 23

  • Patrol responded to Time Warner Cable on Indian Church Road where a large plate glass window was shattered. It was unclear if an object was used to damage the window or if it shattered on its own.
  • Two brothers on Burch Avenue found their apartment had been burglarized. The door to the apartment, as well as the doors to both bedrooms, had been forced open. A Wii gaming system and PlayStation gaming system were both removed from the apartment, as well as a 32-inch TV. Additionally, orange juice had been poured onto the back of a 42-inch TV, rendering it inoperable.
  • Patrol responded to Orchard Park Road, near Allendale Elementary, where a motorist was asleep at the wheel. The vehicle was reportedly still in drive with the motor running. Once awake, the driver displayed several signs of impairment and had a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his breath. He told patrol, “I’m toast,” during sobriety testing.
  • An Orchard Park Road man had not received his prescription for a 90-day supply of medication in the mail. The shipment was made Feb. 6 by a hospital in Oklahoma; however, the postal service would neither confirm nor deny any information related to the shipment/delivery.
  • Patrol was contacted by Buffalo police regarding the recovery of a stolen vehicle. At the time of the incident, two suspects were found inside the vehicle and were said to be involved with breaking into other vehicles in the area.

Total calls received: 73

(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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