Niagara Gazette


March 16, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published March 15

Niagara Falls

• BURGLARY: A 73rd Street resident reported to Falls police that sometime between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday someone entered their unlocked home and took two laptop computers. A neighbor reported seeing a "shorter" man walking down the driveway carrying something between 9 and 10 a.m. The estimated loss is $700.

• BURGLARY: A resident on 5th Street told police that sometime between 1 and 4 p.m. Thursday someone pried open their front door and took several items from the home. The resident said three computer tablets were taken as well as $86 in Barbie toys. The estimated loss is $700.

• INVESTIGATION: Falls police were contacted by staff at a Niagara Falls Boulevard store on Thursday about an employee who has been stealing money from the business. A video of the employee taking money meant for their cash register on several occasions was provided to police. A documented $1,230 had been taken by the employee, according to store staff.


Town of Lockport

• SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE: A North Tonawanda man reported that his brakes felt "spongy" after an hour-long visit to McDonald's on South Transit Road on Feb. 25, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said. After leaving McDonald's, the man told the Sheriff's Office that a car driving in front of him on South Transit Road repeatedly tapped on the brakes, making him have to use his brakes. Several minutes later, while driving on the I-990, the man said another car driving in front of him began riding the brake, forcing him to use his brakes which led him to believe that someone had sabotaged his braking system on the car. The man had his car checked out at a local auto shop, where it was determined that the brakes were in working condition, but that he was low on brake fluid. The man believes the people who were driving in front of him, who he doesn't know, removed brake fluid from his car. An incident report was filed. 

• PRISON CONTRABAND: Valentino Scarbrough II, 23, 192 Forest Ave., Niagara Falls, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and second-degree promoting prison contraband Thursday just before 6 p.m., the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said. Scarbrough was remanded to the Niagara County Jail on $500 bail. He has an appearance in Lockport Town Court on Tuesday. 

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