Niagara Falls

• THEFT: Police are investigating a car break-in in the 2200 block of Cleveland Avenue. A 42-year-old man told officers that sometime between 10:30 p.m. Thursday and 6:37 a.m. Friday someone broke into his Ford F-150 pick-up truck by smashing a front passenger-side window. The victim said a GPS system and an iPod were taken.


• THEFT: On Thursday, police responded to Youngstown-Lockport Road for a report of money taken from a coin-operated washer and dryer wall unit. The property manager told police that an ex-tenant was seen at the residence, despite being evicted on Tuesday. The ex-tenant is believed to be a possible suspect, the police report said. The laundry room in the apartment building was vandalized by laundry soap being poured all over the stand-up washer units. Both coin drawers were taken out of the washer/dryer unit and the change inside was taken. That amount is estimated at $80. The building has a common entrance that is unsecured at all times. There are no witnesses at this time, the report said, and the damaged washer dryer unit is valued at $330.


• LARCENY: An Upper Mountain Road woman said to police that her purse was stolen from her Chevrolet Malibu while it was parked at McDonald’s Restaurant on South Transit Road on Thursday. The police report said she went into the restaurant to eat with family members and had left the vehicle unlocked. She did not notice the purse was gone until the next morning. The purse contained a credit card, a bank card, Social Security card, driver’s license, Verizon cell phone, a passport, and a small amount of cash. The contents were valued at $154. The woman canceled her credit cards and notified the state Department of Motor Vehicles.


• BURGLARY: Police were called to Williams Road in Niagara Falls on Friday for an apparent break-in at Yianni’s Restaurant. The owner told police that when he arrived at the restaurant to open it, he found the front door unlocked. Upon further investigation, police determined entry was made from the vestibule area into the restaurant by removing ceiling tile. The report said an unknown suspect damaged the cash register, valued at $250, and stole approximately $475 in cash.

City of Lockport

• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: Kimberly Wiepert, 24, 237 High St., was arrested Friday on a charge of criminal mischief. Wiepert and a 15-year-old boy came to a Cottage Street woman’s house looking for the father of Wiepert’s children and the boy’s brother, according to reports. The woman said the man was in Niagara Falls, and police said that when Wiepert and the boy left, the victim said she heard glass breaking. The window in the front of the house was broken, which cost about $125. Police found Wiepert and the boy on Blackley Court, and Wiepert was arrested. Wiepert is due to appear Wednesday in Lockport City Court.

• LARCENY: Thomas Saraf, 23, 6014 Dutton, Newfane, was arrested Thursday on a charge of petit larceny. Police responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle’s driver told police about $500 was stolen from him and he wanted to file charges. The police report said Saraf wanted a ride because his vehicle was out of gas, and he took the money out of glove compartment. The victim called police after Saraf’s arrest and said he found the money in the car, but did not show it when police asked him to come to the station to talk about it. Saraf is due on Wednesday in Lockport City Court.

• MARIJUANA: Carl Person, 26, 271 South St., was arrested Friday when police were called to a suspicious vehicle on Waterman Street. According to the police report, Person was determined to be driving with a suspended license. During a search, police found a substance which field tested positive for marijuana and four hydrocodone pills in Person’s shoe, according to reports. Person is due to appear Wednesday in Lockport City Court.

• MISCHIEF: James Griggs, 24, 247 Washburn St., was arrested Friday on a charge of criminal mischief. According to the police report, Griggs asked to use a William Street woman’s phone. When she refused, he broke the screen and threw the phone, reports said. The woman went to a friends’ home, where Griggs followed and allegedly broke the friends’ phone, too. Griggs is due to appear Monday in Lockport City Court.

• HARASSMENT: Mark Stevens, 40, 6 East Spring St., Williamsville, was arrested Friday on a charge of aggravated harassment. A Park Avenue woman reported in November that she was receiving disturbing phone calls that had no purpose. Stevens turned himself in and was to appear Friday in Lockport City Court.

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