Man charged in theft of scrap metal

A city man has been charged with stealing over $9,000 worth of scrap metal from a Summit Street home.

Brian P. White, 23, 99 Corinthia St., was charged Thursday with fourth-degree grand larceny.

Officers responded to a Summit Street home May 16 for a report of a burglary. The homeowner said between May 13 and 16, someone stole two scrap oil tanks, together worth $150, and an antique oil tank, worth $9,000.

A man who lives in a camper behind the home told police that two men knocked on his door May 10 and asked if they could have some of the scrap metal that was “lying around.”

The man said he told them no, because the metal did not belong to him, but gave them permission to take an old car hood that he owned.

White was arrested Thursday on Ohio Street following an investigation.

Niagara Falls

• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 1700 block of Ashland Avenue. A 69-year-old woman told officers that sometime between Nov. 15 and noon Thursday someone entered a vacant home they take care of through a broken second-floor window. The victim said 15 brass door knobs were taken.

• BURGLARY: Officers are looking into a burglary in the 5600 block of Devlin Avenue. A property manager told police that sometime between noon Saturday and noon Wednesday someone broke into his building through a broken window. The victim said a quantity of copper pipe was taken.


• LARCENY: A Shawnee Road man reported Wednesday night that overnight, someone entered his car and stole several items, including a laptop computer, golf clubs, hockey sticks, hockey skates, a leather briefcase, a radar detector, a digital camera, a bluetooth headset, a GPS system and CDs, together worth $3,617. The man said he was not sure if his car was locked.


• LARCENY: An East Canal Road man reported Wednesday morning that he was driving on a trail on his property on Dunnigan Road when he saw a white van with South Carolina plates on the property, where he was storing several spare engines and transmissions. He said two men and one woman were loading engines and transmissions onto the van. As he approached, the suspects dropped an engine, got into the van and fled the area, the report said. Twelve engines and eight transmissions were reportedly stolen, with a total value of $1,600.

• VANDALISM: A Dunnigan Road man reported Thursday that overnight, someone smashed the rear window of his 2005 Chevrolet, causing $400 in damages.

North Tonawanda

• CHARGED: Lawrence Hickok Jr., 38, 2867 Mackel Ave., Lewiston, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Hickok was arrested in a parking lot in front of a Dollar Tree store at 931 Payne Ave. He is being held in lieu of $500 bail.


• FIRE: The Miller Hose Volunteer Fire Department responded to a home on East Avenue on Wednesday evening to extinguish a fire in an unattached garage. The fire was reportedly contained to the northeast corner of the garage. It is unknown how the fire started. Damage is estimated at $300, the report said.


• BURGLARY: An employee of Olcott Yacht Club on Water Street reported Wednesday that overnight, someone entered the club’s liquor storage room and a closet by removing pad locks on two doors. The closet leads to the night drop box, which contained a small safe and the register cash drawer. The safe was unlocked, and $260 in cash was removed, and $290 in cash was taken from the register drawer.

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