A Niagara County Sheriff’s deputy said he was on routine patrol in the area of Centre Avenue and 21st Street about 12:30 p.m. Feb. 22 when he spotted a passenger in a car not wearing a seat belt.
When the driver of the car noticed the deputy, he accelerated up Centre Avenue, traveling about 70 to 80 mph as it ran a stop sign at Aaron Griffin Way. After briefly losing sight of the car, it was found abandoned on the 1100 block of Garden Avenue. A witness said two men fled from the car and ran toward Highland Avenue.
The deputy contacted the son of the owner of the vehicle, a Ransomville man, who told the deputy he had lent the car out to a man on Fifth Street that morning in exchange for crack cocaine.
The deputy caught up with the car’s borrower on Thursday outside of family court in the Falls. He told the deputy he had given the Ransomville man $20 and returned the car two hours later. He added that “mad people” borrow the car. The deputy advised the borrower’s probation officer of the situation.
• BURGLARY: A resident on the 2200 block of Weston Avenue told police that sometime Wednesday night someone smashed a rear kitchen window, entered the home and took a 60-inch TV, a Playstaton 3 and Xbox gaming systems and 12 watches. The total estimated loss is $3,000.
• BURGLARY: A resident on the 1600 block of 10th Street told police that sometime between 5:30 and 11 p.m. someone entered their home and took a Playstation 3 gaming system and a laptop computer. The resident was unable to determine how entry was made into the home as all windows were secure and the the front door was covered by a neighbor’s security system.
• VANDALISM: A resident on the 800 block of 80th Street told police someone sprayed yellow paint on his 2000 Ford sedan sometime between 1 and 3 a.m. Friday.