Niagara Gazette

December 29, 2012

BLOTTER: Police reports published Dec. 30

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Police foil burglary, arrest one

A Buffalo man was arrested early Saturday morning following a reported burglary in progress at a convenience store in the 900 block of Pine Avenue.

Johnny Marks, 31, 184 Kay St., Buffalo, was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree grand larceny after police arrived at the scene and a witness identified him as one of two men who entered the store and stole merchandise.

The witness told police he observed two men enter the store and leave with a bag full of merchandise. They then took the bag and placed it in the trunk of a silver vehicle parked on Ninth Street. He said both men ran when police arrived at the scene and Marks was spotted walking across Pine Avenue from the store.

Police report finding the vehicle with its trunk open containing what appeared to be a plastic container of lottery tickets.

Police were unable to apprehend the second individual, who escaped by crossing through yards, the witness said.


Niagara Falls

• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested after officer on patrol was flagged down by an eatery employee at 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of Pierce Avenue. Michael Duncan, 41, 2722 Whitney Ave., was charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly wouldn't leave a pizzeria after employees closed. Officers report Duncan, who they claim was highly intoxicated, eventually left the store and entered the roadway in front of the store, laid down and started making snow angels.

• THEFT: Police are investigating a reported theft from a vehicle which occurred between 10:30 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday in the 9700 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. The victim, a 36-year-old man, said someone smashed his driver's-side window and took various audio equipment from inside the vehicle. He estimated the damages and lost property were valued at $2,400.

• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested following a reported act of vandalism inside a restaurant at 3:30 a.m. Saturday in the 8000 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. Raymond Richardson Jr., 30, 463 Elmwood Ave., was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and theft of services after the restaurant's manager told police he'd damaged a stall door in the men's bathroom and left without paying his bill. He was found in the parking lot of the restaurant.

 BURGLARY: Police are investigating a reported burglary which occurred between 6 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Friday in the 1800 block of Michigan Avenue. The victim, a 23-year-old woman, told police she arrived home and noticed a window of her house broken. She said she entered the home, noticed her bedroom disheveled with her clothes thrown about and was unable to locate a $500 cash gift she'd received for Christmas which was stored in her dresser.

• THEFT: Police are investigating a reported theft which happened between 6 a.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Friday in the 400 block of Portage Road. The victim, a 53-year-old man, told police someone had stolen two lug nuts off the front passenger-side tire of his vehicle.