Niagara Gazette

January 27, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Jan. 24

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

— Niagara Falls

• ROBBERY: Police are investigating a robbery in the 300 block of 22nd Street. A 25-year-old employee of an electrical company told officers that he was driving a company truck to a call in the 1900 block of Falls Street at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday when he turned left on 22nd Street to position his vehicle. As he drove down the street, a man blocked his way by standing in the middle of the roadway. When the victim stopped his truck, a second suspect walked up to the driver’s side door, pointed a black, semi-automatic handgun at him and demanded his cell phone and wallet. The victim gave the suspect his wallet and phone and then drove away as the suspects fled the scene.

 
• BURGLARY: Officers responded to a burglary in progress in the 1500 block of 15th Street at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Police said when they arrived on the scene, they found an open basement window in a home and could see water spraying from an open pipe. The home owner later told officers that it appeared that a quantity of copper pipe had been removed from the basement.

 
• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 2400 block of LaSalle Avenue. A 58-year-old woman told officers that sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 5:35 p.m. Tuesday, someone broke into her home by kicking-in a side door. The victim said a laptop computer and a quantity of collectable coins were taken.

 
• ROBBERY: Officers are looking into a robbery in the 1400 block of Hyde Park Boulevard. A 29-year-old man told police he was meeting a friend at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and when he arrived a suspect was standing with his friend. The suspect punched the victim in the face and then took his cell phone and cash that he had in his pants pocket. 

 
North Tonawanda

 
• DWI: Steven W. McGinnis, 28, of Lockport Road, Town of Niagara, was arrested Wednesday for DWI, DWAI and possession of marijuana. He was released on his own recognizance.