Niagara Gazette


November 21, 2012

BLOTTER: Police reports published Nov. 22


Man faces fraud, other charges

A Wheatfield man was arrested Monday by Niagara County Sheriff’s Office investigators on fraud and related charges.

Robert Blume, 33, was charged with with three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and one count of third-degree grand larceny. He pleaded not guilty at an arraignment in North Tonawanda City Court and bail was set at $5,000.

As a result of a lengthy investigation, Blume is accused of creating the Western New York Emergency Lighting Company and then defrauding his investors. Investigators said at least one victim lost a substantial amount of money after being shown fake business records, including alleged dealings with the sheriff’s office, the Town of Wheatfield and local volunteer fire companies.


Niagara Falls
• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested after he hit an unmarked Customs and Border Patrol agent’s car and then fled the scene of the accident. The CBP agent told police he was on patrol at 5:50 a.m. Tuesday, in the 700 block of Pine Avenue, when he saw a car stopped in the middle of the road. After pulling up behind the vehicle, the CBP agent said the driver put his car into reverse and backed into the patrol car. When the agent turned on the patrol car’s emergency lights, the driver jumped from the car and ran. As officers investigated the accident, a woman called police headquarters to report that her car had been stolen, but the thief had returned to her home to report the accident. Police picked up Eddie Andre Robinson II, 20, 1345 1/2 Pierce Ave., Apt. 1, and charged him with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, fourth-degree grand larceny leaving the scene of an accident, unsafe backing and operating a vehicle without a license. Robinson was also charged with second-degree criminal impersonation for lying to police about his identity to avoid being arrested on an outstanding domestic violence warrant.


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