Niagara Gazette


June 15, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published June 15


Puppy seller taken by scam

A New Road woman who sells German shepard puppies reported Friday that she was the victim of a scam.

The woman said she was contacted by a person on email who wanted to purchase a puppy for $700. The buyer sent a check in the amount of $1,407.77 for the puppy and transportation costs.

After depositing the check, the New Road woman said she was contacted by the buyer who stated they could no longer buy the puppy and wanted the money sent back through Western Union. The funds were sent to San Bernardino, Calif.

Seven days later, the check the buyer had sent in, bounced. When the New Road woman contacted the buyer, they replied that they had scammed her and there was nothing she could do about it.

Sheriff's deputies investigated the matter but it appears there is little they can do about it since the crime was committed out of state. The puppy seller was advised to talk to there bank and advise them of the situation.



Niagara Falls

• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a reported burglary of a residence between noon and 2 p.m. Friday in the 500 block of 17th Street. The victim, a 70-year-old man, told officers someone pushed in the air conditioning unit of a window in the back of the house to enter the bedroom. He said someone rifled through his belongings and took $300 cash, a 12-gauge shotgun with a pistol grip, the weapon's carrying case, a bottle of Oxycontin pills, a bottle of Lisinopril and a bottle of Diltiazem. At the scene, a neighbor told police she saw a white male, approximately 20 years old, with red splotches or acne, about 5-foot-7, 170 lbs., urinating in her back yard during the time in question. She said she confronted the man and he apologized and fled into a nearby alley by hopping the fence. The neighbor's son also reported seeing the man, but added a second suspect may be involved as well. The victim valued the missing property at $765.

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