Weekly Feature

2018-03-15 / Police Blotter

Police Blotter

$93,000 moved from OP man’s bank account

Monday, March 5

• Four tires and rims were stolen from a vehicle at a Southwestern Boulevard dealership. The value of the tires and rims is $2,700. There are no suspects at this time.

Thursday, March 8

• A hit-and-run occurred on Route 219 near Berg Road. A vehicle struck a sign on Route 219, and the vehicle was later found off the road and unoccupied. The driver, a Tonawanda man, was charged with speed not reasonable and prudent and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

• An Orchard Park resident reported that someone opened an online account with KeyBank and moved $93,000 of his money to other accounts. The state attorney general, along with the Federal Trade Commission, were contacted. The bank will make the victim whole.

Saturday, March 10

• A vehicle was stopped on Abbott Road near Lakeview Avenue because the driver was using a cellphone. The Buffalo woman also had a suspended license. She was charged with using a cellphone while driving and aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree.

• A snowblower and salt spreader were taken from a North Buffalo Street restaurant. The value of the items is $700. There may be video of the area. The investigation is ongoing.

Sunday, March 11

• Officers were called to a Cherokee Drive address for a possible burglary in progress. It was reported that a man had used a large rock to break a window of the residence in order to gain entry. Officers entered the home and took the man, who had an unknown address, into custody. He was returned to the station and charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree and criminal trespass in the second degree. Officers had dealt with the man a short time earlier when he was walking on Route 20A and appeared homeless and in need of assistance. The man refused assistance and continued walking east. He told officers he was walking to Virginia. He was arraigned, and bail was set at $1,500 cash and $5,000 bond. He was transported to the Erie County Holding Center.

• Officers were called to Transit Road near the intersection of Route 20A for a report of a rollover accident with injury and possible entrapment. Officers found a vehicle off the roadway and lying on its side. Residents passing by had removed the two occupants from the vehicle. An investigation showed that the car, operated by a Depew man, was traveling north on Transit through the intersection of Route 20A at a high rate of speed. The driver lost control of the vehicle, and it crossed the highway onto the west shoulder where it rolled over twice until coming to rest on its side. The driver suffered an injury to his head, and his passenger, an Orchard Park woman, suffered leg and facial injuries. Both were transported to the Erie County Medical Center with injuries that did not appear life threatening. Both were believed to have been wearing their seatbelts, which may have saved their lives, police said. The man was issued traffic tickets for imprudent speed, moving from lane unsafely and failure to keep right.

• A vehicle was stopped on Lake Avenue for an expired inspection. The driver, a Blasdell woman, had a suspended license. She was charged with the expired inspection, aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, failure to deliver a suspended license to the Department of Motor Vehicles and an equipment violation.

Monday, March 12

• An Erie County sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on Route 20A after observing a vehicle committing vehicle and traffic law violations. While speaking with the driver, the deputy detected the odor of alcohol, and the operator stated he had been drinking alcohol. The Buffalo man reportedly failed multiple standard field sobriety tests and was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated. He submitted to a breath test, allegedly registering a blood alcohol level greater than 0.08 percent. The deputy’s investigation reportedly also discovered a quantity of marijuana in the vehicle. The man was charged with two counts of DWI, common law and blood alcohol level greater than 0.08 percent; unlawful possession of marijuana; and two vehicle and traffic law violations.

(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual calls received by the police department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported.)

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