Niagara Gazette

January 6, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Jan. 7

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

— Niagara Falls

• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a reported burglary from a vacant residence which occurred between Dec. 24 and approximately 10 a.m. Saturday in the 1600 block of Cleveland Avenue. The victim, a 43-year-old woman, told officers someone entered the property by breaking in a door and took approximately $1,000 worth of copper piping from the living room, kitchen and basement. Doors within the structure were also reportedly missing handles. It's estimated total damages and losses are valued at $1,300.

• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a reported burglary from an apartment which occurred between 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of 17th Street. The victims stated someone entered the apartment and took two computers, a Playstation 3 gaming system and three games. Officers report no signs of forced entry. One resident told police the locks on the door hadn't been changed since she'd moved into the apartment.

• THEFT: Officers are investigating a reported shoplifting incident which occurred at 7:25 p.m. Friday from a convenience store in the 2300 block of Hyde Park Boulevard. A store employee told police she'd witnessed a customer take multiple containers of baby formula from the shelf and stick it in his coat pocket. However, she said she went into the rear of the store to get garbage and lost track of the suspected shoplifter. She said the man, described as a black man, 6-foot tall, wearing black jeans and a hooded sweatshirt with a blue, bubble jacket, took 10 containers of the formula for an estimated total value of $170.

• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested following a traffic stop at 8:45 p.m. Friday in the 1100 block of Calumet Avenue. Eric Jones, 18, 2934 22nd St., was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and vehicle and traffic violations after police noticed the smell of marijuana coming from inside his vehicle. According to the report, after they asked Jones to step out of his vehicle, a pat down resulted in a bag of a green substance, later field tested positive for marijuana, fell from his pant leg onto the ground.

• THEFT: Police are investigating a theft of gasoline at 9:15 p.m. Friday from a station in the 8500 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. According to reports, the attendant said he accidentally activated the wrong pump when a customer prepaid and before he could turn off the incorrect pump, a driver of a black sport utility vehicle with Ontario license plates was filling up. He said the driver left without paying.