Niagara Gazette

October 30, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Oct. 30

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Falls

 
• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested after a shoplifting incident at a store in the 6800 block of Buffalo Avenue. Richard Andrew Davidson, 43, 7414 Buffalo Ave., was charged with petit larceny and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Davidson is accused of taking a copy of Skunk magazine and a USA coffee mug without paying for the items. He also had a rock of crack cocaine in his possession at the time of his arrest.

 
• ROBBERY: Police are investigating a robbery in the 1500 block of Pine Avenue. A store employee told officers a man entered the business at 12:28 a.m. Tuesday and approached the cash register. The suspect pulled out a foot-long piece of copper pipe and demanded money. The store clerk told the suspect to "leave" the business and picked the phone to call police. The suspect then ran out the door and was last seen going east on Pine Avenue.

 
• BURGLARY: Officers are looking into a burglary in the 1900 block of Niagara Street. A 42-year-old man told police that sometime between 3 and 11 p.m. Monday, someone broke into his home through an unlocked window. The victim said a flat-screen TV, a PlayStation 2 game system, a PlayStation 3 game system, an Xbox game system and 60 Xbox video games were taken.

 
• ROBBERY: Police are investigating a robbery in the 1900 block of Forest Avenue. A 16-year-old boy told officers that he and a friend where walking in the area at 8:10 p.m. Monday when a group of eight to 10 male suspects ran across Liberty Park and right at them. The men forced the victim to the ground and kicked him when he refused to give them his wallet. A suspect then pulled out a knife and held it to the victim's abdomen. At that point, the victim gave the suspects his wallet. The suspects were last seen running south down 24th Street.

 
• THEFT: Officers are looking into a car break-in in the 600 block of 92nd Street. A 29-year-old woman told police that sometime between midnight and 8 a.m. Monday someone broke into her 2013 Buick by unknown means. The victim said a jacket, two iPod Touches, and a cell phone were taken.

 
• INCIDENT: Police were called to investigate suspicious persons and a noxious oder at the former Wendt's Dairy plant in the 8400 block of Buffalo Avenue at 10:30 p.m. Monday. Officers discovered that two tenants of the building, who had been scrapping inside, had accidentally cut an ammonia line. A Niagara County HazMat team responded to clear the building.

 
• SHOOTING: Police are investigating a shooting incident in the 900 block of Depot Avenue. A 35-year-old woman told officers she was driving in that area at 3:10 p.m. Sunday, when someone fired "an unknown projectile" at her car. The impact of the projectile smashed the driver's-side front window and cracked the driver's-side front mirror. The victim was struck in the face by broken glass. Three juvenile suspects have been identified in connection with the shooting.

 
• BURGLARY: Officers are looking into a burglary in the 1600 block of Whirlpool Street. A 45-year-old woman told police that a friend of hers came to her house at 9 p.m. Sunday and pushed in an air conditioning unit in a bedroom window. The man then climbed through the window and attempted to talk to the victim. The woman said she hit the suspect in the head with a large wooden spoon and told him to leave her home. The suspect then climbed back out of the window and ran away.

 
City of Lockport

 
• TRESPASSING: Timothy G. Pitiss, 21, 2491 Washington St., Wheatfield, was charged with third-degree criminal trespass Monday. Pitiss is accused of being inside the vacant Switzer building, 100 Davison Road. A night watchman reported seeing four men in the building and identified Pitiss as one of them, according to city police. Investigation of the others is continuing, police said.