Walmart briefly evacuated for smoke; bomb threat called in
The Walmart on South Transit Road was evacuated for about 30 minutes Saturday for what an employee called a “fire scare.”
Personnel from the South Lockport Fire Co. and Niagara County Sheriff’s Office responded to the “odor” of smoke just after 4 p.m.
The fire company located a burned part of a smoke vent on the roof and it was taken out of service, according the sheriff’s office. Staff and customers were allowed back in the store about 4:35 p.m.
A bomb threat was also called into the store about 9 p.m. Friday.
A Walmart employee said someone, possibly a young man, called in and was upset the pharmacy was closed and the Black Friday deals were over.
He used a profanity and said, “I’m going to come and blow up the store.” The suspect called from an unknown number.
• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested following a report of a disorderly person between 11:57 a.m. and 12:12 p.m. Saturday in the 800 block of Whirlpool Street. Carlos Figueroa, 40, 1017 15th St., was charged with restricted use of alcohol after police spoke with a pair of juveniles at the scene about the report. They told police the man later identified as Figueroa was intoxicated and walking on Cedar Avenue toward 10th Street. Police report locating him and wrote an appearance ticket because he was carrying an open 40-ounce Magnum beer.
• ARREST: A Buffalo man was arrested following a shoplifting incident at 11 a.m. Saturday at a retail store in the 1500 block of Military Road. Matthew Zimmerman, 26, of no permanent address, according to police, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny after asset protection at the store said a man, later identified as Zimmerman, filled a shopping cart with product and left the store without paying. When detained by the store employee under citizen’s arrest, he said, Zimmerman fled. Police report finding him at another Military Road business and transporting him back to the store where he was positively identified. According to the report, the products taken totaled more than $1,000 in value.
• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: A Upper Mountain Road resident reported someone drove through his property and caused an estimated $500 damage. According to the report, it appeared that more than one 4x4 truck was involved in the intentional damage. Extensive ruts were observed on the snow-covered lawn. The suspect vehicle accelerated in the lawn to fishtail which caused further damage.