Two ID theft cases reported
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is looking into two reports of identity theft involving bank cards in Porter.
A Cain Road resident reported Friday that she was notified by her bank that someone had tried to purchase $119.84 in merchandise from a Dollar General store in Indianapolis, Ind. The transaction was denied by the bank. The resident said they canceled the card.
A Youngstown-Lockport Road resident told deputies Friday that she found five charges on her bank debit card account from several online businesses totaling $692.54. The resident said one of the last places she used the card was a local business and a friend of hers had fraudulent charges on her debit card after using it at the same business. The matter is being investigated by the sheriff's office.
• THEFT: Police are investigating a reported theft between 6 p.m. Thursday and 4 p.m. Friday from a business in the 2400 block of Niagara Street. An associate of the business told officers an air conditioning unit was taken from the north side of the building, while a second unit was damaged from attempted theft. The missing unit was valued at $3,100.
• THEFT: Police are investigating a reported theft of a purse at 5:30 p.m. Friday from a store in the 1500 block of Military Road. The victim, a 40-year-old Burlington, Ont. woman, told police she forgot her purse on a motorized scooter when she returned to her vehicle in the parking lot. She said she returned to retrieve it and couldn't locate her property and no one turned it in to store security. She said her purse contained $1,800 American, $100 Canadian, her passport card, an iPad valued at $1,000 and a book-reader valued at $150.
• WILDLIFE SEIZED: Two pythons were seized from a Corinthia Street resident Friday by the state Department of Conservation, according to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office. Their owner tried selling them to a Newfane man who operates a “reptile rehabilitation center” and the operator called the sheriff’s office because possession of the snakes is illegal. The snakes, an African rock python and a super tiger reticulated python, are highly aggressive and dangerous to humans, according to the report. The snakes’ owner said he didn't know the snakes were illegal until the rehabilitator informed him.