Niagara Gazette

April 17, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published April 15

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Scarf stolen from gun range
A 25-year-old Grand Island man called the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office after a scarf he had left behind at a gun range went missing on Saturday.
The victim said he took the Burberry scarf off while he was shooting and left it behind when he left. When he realized the scarf was missing, he went back to the range but the scarf was gone.
Deputies reviewed video surveillance footage and saw a man pick up the scarf, put it around his neck and walk off. An employee provided a possible name from a sign-up sheet but a computer check showed a New York City address. Deputies said they closed the case.
The estimated loss is $400.
SC man charged after leaving gun at motel
A South Carolina man faces a weapons charge after police say he accidentally left a handgun behind after checking out of a Western New York motel.
Ontario County Sheriff’s deputies say a housekeeper at the Microtel in the town of Victor found a semi-automatic handgun under a pillow while cleaning rooms on Saturday.
Police traced the gun to 25-year-old Roman Namonyuk of Chesnee, S.C., who had been in the Rochester area for a wedding. The man was charged with criminal possession of a weapon because he didn’t have a New York pistol permit.
Niagara Falls

• ACCIDENT: Falls Police Crash Management investigators are looking into an accident on Pierce Avenue between 18th and 19th streets on Sunday night. Police say an 8-year-old boy was struck by a car but not seriously injured.

• THEFT: Police are investigating a reported theft from a vehicle which occurred between 9:15 and 9:45 a.m. Friday. The owners of the vehicle, a 25-year-old Wyoming woman and a 28-year-old Texas woman, said they parked outside a coffee shop and when they returned to the vehicle, a bag was missing from the front seat. They said they were unsure they locked the doors when leaving. The bag contained their passports and was valued at approximately $550.

• ARREST: A Buffalo man was arrested following a shoplifting incident which reportedly occurred at 1 a.m. Saturday from a snack shop inside a casino in the 300 block of Fourth Street. Gary Gospodarski, 51, 25 Longnecker St., Buffalo, was charged with petit larceny after security was informed of a man taking various food items from the snack shop without paying. Gospodarski was located outside the casino and was stopped and detained until police could arrive.

• STOLEN VEHICLE: Police are investigating a report of a stolen vehicle which occurred between 1:30 and 3:30 a.m. Saturday outside a First Street bar. The victim, a 24-year-old man, said he parked the blue 2003 Mercury and had his key on him the entire night at the bar. Officers report no signs of forced entry could be located at the scene.

• ARREST: A Buffalo woman was arrested following a shoplifting incident which occurred at 3:55 p.m. Friday at a supermarket in the 7200 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. Rena Hargrove, 62, 1294 Kensington Ave., Buffalo, was charged with petit larceny after a store employee reported witnessing her put various items, including Kool-Aid packets and Nestle Quick, into her purse and leave without paying. The items were reportedly valued at $21.

• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a reported burglary which occurred at 5:51 a.m. Friday from a bar in the 8800 block of Cayuga Drive. The owner, a 56-year-old man, said the front door was forced open and, according to video surveillance, the person responsible went directly to the location of the business’s cash bag. The man then reportedly grabbed two bottles of beer before leaving with the cash, which was estimated to be $400. Surveillance reportedly revealed a man wearing a bandana and gloves.

• BURGLARY: Officers are investigating a reported burglary which occurred between 10:30 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. Friday at a residence in the 8500 block of Pershing Avenue. The victim, a 42-year-old man, said someone entered his garage and removed a $770 portable welder. He said no other tools were taken and there were no signs of forced entry.

• ARREST: A Rochester woman was arrested following a shoplifting incident at 7:30 p.m. Friday at a store in the 1500 block of Military Road. Nakya Brewer, 19, 189 Elmdorf Ave., Rochester, was charged with petit larceny after a store employee reported she concealed various items, including makeup and hairbands, in her purse and left the store without paying. After being stopped, she reportedly told police “I don’t know why I did this, it’s so stupid.” The products were valued at $28.22.
North Tonawanda
• DWI: Jacob R. Brock, 19, 511 Ward Road, was arrested at 6:33 a.m. Saturday for DWI, unlawful possession and disobeying a traffic control device. Officers pulled over Brock at Ward Road and Payne Avenue. His blood alcohol content was measured at 0.17 percent. He is being held in lieu of $250 bail.