Niagara Gazette

Crime

October 26, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Oct. 25

Niagara Falls

• ROBBERY: Police are investigating a robbery at a Niagara Street pizzeria. Employees told officers two male suspects entered the business at 10:40 p.m. Wednesday, both were armed with rifles. One of the suspects pointed his rifle at the employees and demanded money. The employees said they then ran out the back door of the business. The suspects then ran out the front door of the business, ran down Niagara Street and got into a car in the 400 block of 23rd Street and made their getaway. Investigators say they have surveillance video of the robbery attempt.

• ARRESTS: Two Falls men were arrested after they were caught in the act of burglarizing a vacant house in the 1000 block of 19th Street. Police said they responded to a call of a burglary in progress at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of 19th Street and Ashland Avenue. When they arrived, officers said they spotted a male suspect jump from a window of a vacant home and begin running east through a backyard. As officers approached the home, they saw a second and third suspect also jump from the window. All three suspects were taken into custody. A Niagara County Sheriff’s Office K-9 deputy responded to check the house for additional suspects, but none were found. Demario R. Thomas, 16, 1876 South Ave., was charged with third-degree criminal trespass, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana. Michael Angelo Silmon, 17, 1881 South Ave., was charged with third-degree criminal trespass and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The third suspect was a juvenile and no information on his arrest was made public.

• THEFT: Officers are looking into theft from a business in the 4800 block of Willow Avenue. The business owner told police that sometime between 5 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Wednesday, someone took two, one-inch steel plates from his lot.

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