Thieves take $25K in items from van
More than $25,000 in items were stolen from a van parked for an hour in a downtown lot Wednesday.
A 25-year-old man from out of town told police he parked his 2013 Toyota Sienna near a hotel on Niagara Street about 10 p.m. and returned at 11 p.m. to find two windows smashed out.
Among the items taken were a $1,100 pair of shoes, a $600 pair of shoes, $8,500 in Louis Vuitton luggage, a $1,700 golf set, an iPad and $5,000 in cameras and equipment.
The man said he was leaving the Falls on Friday.
DWI detail nets 43 county DWIs
More than 100 people were arrested and more than 850 traffic tickets were handed out during a DWI crackdown by local law enforcement, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday.
The office, along with the police departments of Lockport, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda, Middleport, Lewiston, Town of Niagara, Barker and Somerset all participated in the “National End of Summer and Labor Day Driving While Intoxicated Enforcement Crackdown” from Aug. 16 until Sept. 2. The New York State Police and State Park Police also participated.
All agencies used larger patrols that were specifically for DWI enforcement. Throughout Niagara County, 43 people were arrested for DWI, while another 76 were arrested under other charges. About 850 tickets were given out for traffic violations.
• DWI: Richard W. Carr II, 45, 26 16th St., upper, North Tonawanda, was charged with DWI, a traffic violation and an equipment violation about 3 a.m. Wednesday, according to Falls police. Carr was charged after a traffic stop on Portage Road.
• THEFT: A 20th Street woman told police that sometime between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Monday someone entered her apartment and took a 42-inch TV. The woman provided a possible suspect to police.
• THEFT: A resident on the 2200 block of LaSalle Avenue reported to police Wednesday that while they were away from home for about 15 minutes in the morning, someone entered their residence and took several items. Among the items taken were a 26-inch TV, a laptop computer, a Playstation 3 gaming system and a power drill. The estimated loss is $1,650.
• INCIDENT: Falls police were called to Memorial Medical Center Wednesday where an 18-year-old city teen was being treated for assault. The teen said after getting into an argument with another man he was punched several times in the face and then had his head slammed into a brick wall several times. The extent of the injuries was unknown Tuesday.