Niagara Gazette

Crime

July 10, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published July 10

Niagara Falls

• LARCENY: Police are investigating a report of a larceny from a construction site at Harry F. Abate Elementary School. According to reports, a witness from a construction firm working at the school told police that sometime between 5 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Monday, 45 copper coils and 30 ventilation units were stolen from inside the fenced-in construction site. Reports indicated that the fence was not locked over the holiday weekend and that a pair of hedge-cutters were found on the ground next to the units as well as a bar used to pry apart units attached to the copper coils. The witness indicated that major damage was done to the units as a result of them being pried apart. Total loss was listed at $7,500.  

• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: A female driver told police she was followed by a suspicious vehicle while driving from the Town of Lewiston to the City of Niagara Falls Wednesday morning. The witness said she noticed the vehicle - an older, rusty, black Chevy pickup truck occupied by two females and two males - started following her around 11:30 a.m. The witness said the pickup was driving recklessly and attempting to run her off the road, pulling in front of her vehicle several times. At one point, the victim said, the suspect vehicle blocked her car and one of the individuals inside exited the pickup and attempted to open her driver’s side door. The victim said she was able get around the pickup and headed toward the city, where she said the pickup continued to chase her down Highland Avenue and around Niagara Falls. While in the 1300 block of South Avenue, the witness said someone in the other vehicle threw objects at her car, striking it and causing damage. The victim said she managed to elude the pickup and returned home where she called the police. According to reports, the witness did recognize at least one of the individuals in the truck, but stated she had no idea why the suspect would be chasing her. Damage to the victim’s vehicle was listed at $1,000. 

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