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Police Reports

March 4, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published March 4


Charges after bail money theft

A Town of Lockport man is accused of faking his identity in order to steal his brother’s bail money from Royalton Town Court.

After a  fraud investigation that went on for more than a month, New York State Police said they charged Richard J. Tomaino, 26, with second-degree falsifying business records and second-degree criminal impersonation Monday.

After receiving an anonymous complaint, State Police investigators said they found that Tomaino had used his brother’s identification and presented an original bail receipt to the Royalton Town Court to obtain the bail money that was originally posted by his brother.

Tomaino’s brother was incarcerated when Tomaino took the money, investigators said.



Fire destroys mobile home

Three residents and their pets escaped a fire that destroyed their mobile home Monday morning in the Woodlands trailer park.

First responders were called to 124 Elmhurst Drive at just after 11 a.m., where according to the New York State Police, the home was engulfed by the fire. Heavy smoke accompanied massive flames bursting from the windows. Firefighters had to tear down some of the walls of the trailer in order to get at the fire. 

The fire was put out in about 30 minutes but the structure collapsed.

State troopers reported that the apparent cause of the fire was the homeowner's improper use of a propane heater to thaw frozen pipes.


Niagara Falls

• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 2200 block of 13tH Street. A 34-year-old woman told officers that sometime between 4 p.m. Saturday and 3:15 a.m. Monday someone broke into her home through a broken bathroom window. The victim said a laptop computer and a deep fryer were taken.

• ROBBERY: Officers are looking into a reported robbery in the area of Pine Avenue and Ninth Street. A 73-year-old man told police he as walking in that area at 8;30 p.m. Saturday when he was approached by two male suspects. One of the suspects "tapped" the victim on his back and when he turned around the suspect was holding a pistol and demanded money. The victim said he gave the suspects some cash he had just withdrawn from an ATM.

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