Niagara Gazette

August 15, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Aug. 15

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Out-of-town trucks targeted in thefts

Falls police investigated two car break-ins to out-of-town trucks in the downtown area Tuesday.

More than $5,000 in items were taken from a van parked in the lot of a hotel on the 400 block of Main Street. The van's owner told Falls police the theft occurred sometime between 5 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The lock was punched out on a rear passenger-side door to gain entry.

A GPS unit, clothing, medication, $1,600, iPod and a laptop computer belonging to several people traveling in the van. The total estimated loss is $5,600.

An Illinois man told police that sometime between 6 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday someone smashed out a window and a $200 cell phone from his 2010 Honda Odyssey while it was parked on the 100 block of Main Street. The phone had been left on the front passenger floorboard of the vehicle. 

The phone's owner, a physical therapist, said that the phone could contain some patients personal information. He was urged to contact the cell phone provider.



Firearms stolen from Boy Scouts hall

An official at the Iroquois Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America hall at 7121 Rochester Road, Lockport, reported Monday that sometime since Aug. 2 the hall had been burglarized. 

The suspect forced their way into a storage room and took four shotguns, four rifles, a compound bow and about $300 in ammunition.

The official said dividing doors between the east and west wing o the building were still locked and it didn't appear the suspect gained entry into the west wing.

In addition, the suspect forced their way into several offices leased to another company. Deputies were contacting representatives of that company to determine if anything was taken from the offices.

It wasn't clear initially how the suspect got into the building in the first place. Members of the sheriff's ID unit were called in to process the scene. 

The estimated loss is $4,100.


Niagara Falls

• GUN FOUND: Staff at a motel on the 9000 Niagara Falls Boulevard called Falls police Tuesday morning after finding a handgun a guest had left in a room after checking out. The gun was in a cloth gun case with two 15-round magazines. The gun was not loaded. Paperwork in the case indicated the weapon was purchased in California.

• SHOTS FIRED: Falls police were called to a Livingston Avenue address late Tuesday night for a report of shots fired at a house. When they arrived, officers determined someone had shot at the windshield of a car with a pellet gun. The resident said she thought she saw an ex-boyfriend driving from the scene. She told police they had just ended their relationship and she had informed his wife that he had been cheating on her. Officers went to the man's house but found him in his pajamas and noted his car was cold and wasn't driven recently.


City of Lockport

• ASSAULT: Mahogany S. Griffin, 23, 629 34th St., Niagara Falls, was charged with third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child Tuesday. Griffin is a co-defendant with Evelyn Fluelllen of Niagara Falls who was arrested at a West Avenue road check at 9:22 a.m. Tuesday. The charges stem from a July 7 fight on Church Street.