2012-04-05 / Police Blotter

Door on Powers Road appears cut with saw

Monday, March 26

Kohl’s department store on Amelia Drive reported that an alleged shoplifter became argumentative after being arrested. She was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property after reportedly taking sunglasses, jewelry, leather goods, hat and cologne — items totaling $380. The woman, 50, is from Lackawanna.

Tuesday, March 27

Police responded to a road rage incident that those involved said was over a cellphone but was really over marijuana. One of the cars involved had its driver’s side window smashed. The other car had its windshield broken. Police are investigating.

Police responded to the report of an abandoned vehicle in a no standing zone on Big Tree Road near Route 219. It is registered to someone in Niagara Falls, however police were unable to make contact with the people. It was towed.

A 44-year-old Lackawanna man was charged with a common law DWI, aggravated DWI, felony DWI and speeding after being stopped by police on Lake Avenue for speeding.

Wednesday, March 28

A man reported that while his car was parked in the Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot, someone keyed an expletive on it. The man was only in the store for 20 minutes while it happened. The man has a possible suspect, and police are looking into it.

Police received a call from Stadium Mobil on Southwestern Boulevard that a frequent customer pumped $10 in gas but realized he had no money. He told employees he would return the following day with the money, but he never did. Police tracked down the man’s wife, who paid the money for him.

Thursday, March 29

An Orchard Park woman reported that harassing and alarming text messages were being sent to her. The woman sending them has been told before to stop, but she hasn’t. The 32-year-old Buffalo woman is being charged with aggravated harassment.

A Shultz Road man reported that sometime between March 24 and 29, someone stole a toolbox, some tools and a battery charger from his front porch. The items are worth an estimated $700.

A grease fire on a stove broke out in a house on North Davis Street, causing an estimated $1,000 in damage. The fire was put out by the time the fire company arrived.

An Orchard Park man reported two unauthorized charges to his bank account totaling $693.40. Both were for items purchased at www.walmart.com.

Friday, March 30

An Orchard Park man reported that while he was on Route 20A making a right turn onto South Buffalo Street, a white Ford Explorer struck his vehicle. The man thought the car would pull over, but it kept on driving. A witness said it was operated by a young white female.

Saturday, March 31

• The owner of KK Food Mart on Southwestern Boulevard reported that an employee he recently fired came in and threatened him. The 44-year-old Southwestern Boulevard man was charged with harassment.

An Orchard Park man reported that while his car was parked at the Regal Cinemas at Quaker Crossing, someone entered the unlocked vehicle and stole his backpack, GPS unit, watch, headlight, ignition key, CamelBak and some clothing, items estimated to be worth $920.

Sunday, April 1

Police responded to an accident near Tops Friendly Markets on Southwestern Boulevard, and one of the drivers involved, a 54-year-old Hamburg man, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed driver, no inspection and unsafe tires.

Police received a call about an unsecured door at a house on Powers Road. The complainant drove past the house and called police after seeing the door open. A police officer reported that the door appeared to have been cut with a saw of some sort. The inside of the house, which is being foreclosed, was in “deplorable condition,” according to police.

An Elmhurst Drive man reported finding a bicycle on his front lawn. Police picked it up and put it in the department’s garage.

An Orchard Park woman reports being outside talking to her friends, who left at about midnight. She turned to walk back into her house, and a white male, about 6 feet tall, appeared. He took off her coat and belt and then fled on foot. She has no idea who he was. Police are investigating.

(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual, sometimes humorous calls received by the police department. Residents can report incidents to the Orchard Park Police Department by calling 662-6444.)

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