Weekly Feature

2015-01-08 / Police Blotter

Man falls victim to $1,000 EBay scam

Monday, Dec. 29

• Police responded to a report of larceny from a vehicle at 2470 Seneca St. Inspection of the vehicle revealed that the driver's side door lock had been pulled out by unknown means. Taken from the vehicle were a Honda generator, valued at $2500; an air compressor, valued at $120; a Sawzall, valued at $150; a right angle drill, valued at $400; and other hand tools, valued at $200. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $250.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

• A driver was allegedly seen swerving between the lane divider and shoulder headed eastbound on Seneca Street. Patrol initiated a traffic stop. Upon request for the driver’s license and registration, the driver allegedly handed patrol his cellphone. The driver reportedly failed field sobriety tests with a measured blood alcohol of .25 percent, and was placed under arrest. The man was charged with speeding, changing lanes unsafely and aggravated DWI.

Thursday, Jan. 1

• A vehicle was stopped due to an obstructed field of vision on Slade Avenue. A computer check showed the driver to be operating the vehicle with a suspended license. The driver was charged with driving with an obstructed view and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, and the car was towed.

• A man reported to police that he was the victim of an EBay scam when attempting to purchase a Honda Goldwing motorcycle. The seller allegedly requested the man purchase $1,000 in Vanilla Reload cards and supply the card numbers. Having an uneasy feeling, the man reportedly contacted EBay who confirmed that the man had fallen victim to a common fraud scheme. The man was successful in stopping a fund transfer for $500, but the other amount had been transferred.

Friday, Jan. 2

• A West Seneca woman reported to police that $1,250 in U.S. currency was stolen from her vehicle's trunk. She reported to police the name of a suspect she believed to have taken the money. Police followed up with the man, who was staying at a local motel with his girlfriend. The man agreed to allow police to search the room, where they found an envelope containing $925 in cash in a purse. The man claimed the money had been brought into the room by the victim, and the victim admitted the two were intoxicated and she may have brought the money to him. Police logged the money as evidence and returned it to the victim.

Saturday, Jan. 3

• A manager at Tops Markets on Harlem Road related to police that an unnamed man age 18 to 20 attempted to purchase two $100 American Express Gold Cards with a credit card. The name on the card did not match the name on his ID. When questioned by the clerk, he allegedly claimed the credit card was his father’s, threw the cards at the clerk and ran out of the store. The clerk did not get name or vehicle information for the man.

Monday, Jan. 5

• A West Seneca man reported to police that a hockey bag containing various hockey equipment, valued at $700, was stolen from his garage on Sharon Drive.

Total calls: 401

(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual calls received by the police department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported.)

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