Niagara Gazette

December 10, 2012

BLOTTER: Police reports published Dec. 10

STAFF REPORTS
Niagara Gazette

— Niagara Falls

• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 2700 block of Welch Avenue. A 59-year-old woman told officers that sometime between 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday someone broke into her garage by unknown means. The victim said $2,500 worth of tools were taken.

 
• BURGLARY: Officers responded to a burglary in progress call in the 1800 block of Michigan Avenue at 4:40 p.m. Sunday. A witness told police she saw a man leaving a home with what appeared to be a TV. When the witness confronted the suspect, he ran, but left the TV behind. The homeowner said a quantity of jewelry appeared to have been taken as well. The suspect entered the home by cutting a through a screen on a window.

 
• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 2000 block of Walnut Avenue. A 26-year-old man told officers that sometime between 5:30 p.m. Friday and 4:55 p.m. Sunday someone broke into his apartment through an unlocked window. The victim said two miter saws, a cable box and an Internet modem were taken.

 
• THEFT: Officers are searching for a suspect in a shoplifting incident at a store in the 800 block of Portage Road. Police responding to the call, at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, spotted the suspect and confronted him. The suspect threw candy bars at the officers, who chased him on foot, but lost sight of him on Eighth Street. A store manager told police the suspect had tried to steal a bin of 50 candy bars.

 
• THEFT: Police are also searching for a suspect in a shoplifting incident at a store in the 8700 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. An employee told police a man took several packages of underwear and ran from the store at 3:58 p.m. Sunday.

 
• THEFT: Police are investigating a reported theft from a vehicle which occurred between 2:30 and 5:30 a.m. Saturday in the 400 block of Main Street. The victim, a 21-year-old Falls man, said he parked the vehicle in the parking lot and when he returned, the passenger window was broken and a cell phone valued at $150 was missing. A second vehicle in the lot also had a broken window, but the owner reported nothing missing.

 
• VEHICLE THEFT: Officers are investigating a reported theft of a vehicle which occurred at 6:15 a.m. Saturday in the 400 block of Fifth Street. The victim, a 35-year-old Falls man, told police he was at a friend’s house when three men approached him. He said one of them punched him in the face, jumped into the car and drove away. According to the report, as the victim was being interviewed, he received a call from the friend, who said the man had given him the keys to his vehicle but not the location. A second phone call during the interview revealed its location, which police transported the victim to. He identified the vehicle, but officers said the engine was not hot like it should have been if recently stolen. They questioned the victim if he was making the story up, but the man reportedly said the theft occurred.

 
• THEFT: Police are investigating a reported theft from a vehicle which occurred between 6:30 and 10 p.m. Friday in the 2700 block of Woodlawn Avenue. The victim, a 72-year-old woman, said someone entered her vehicle and took two disposable cameras.