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2018-10-18 / Police Blotter

Police Blotter

Visible passcode leads to dash camera theft

Monday, Oct. 8

• Two bicycles were taken from the front yard of a Sunset Terrace residence. The value of the bikes is $200. There are no suspects at this time.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

• A West Seneca man staying at a Southwestern Boulevard hotel said he lent his car to a woman to buy cigarettes and marijuana. The woman never came back, and the man filed a stolen vehicle report with police two days later.

• An individual from Berg Road was contacted by his bank that his debit card had been used for two fraudulent transactions. One cleared charge was for $181, and a denied charge was for $156. The bank is completing an investigation.

Thursday, Oct. 11

• An unknown caller contacted a Bank Street business claiming to be an employee of NYSEG. The individual said the company’s electric bill was past due. The person on the phone instructed the worker to get $1,000 in MoneyPak cards. The employee of the company bought the cards, called the number back and gave the unknown individual the card codes. The employee received more calls from the number and became suspicious. She researched MoneyPak and saw it’s frequently used in scams. The worker contacted NYSEG and found out that the account was up to date. She contacted MoneyPak, and a fraud investigation was opened. The total loss is $1,000.

Friday, Oct. 12

• A resident of Chestnut Ridge Road called police to say that a suspicious vehicle pulled into his driveway as he was standing outside. The caller said a man exited the vehicle and allegedly stumbled around and fell to the ground. Upon arrival, police observed a Blasdell man standing next to the vehicle. Officers said the man was reportedly exhibiting severely impaired motor coordination along with other signs of intoxication. The man was asked to submit to field sobriety tests that he reportedly failed. He was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated and returned to the station. At the station, he submitted to a breath test, allegedly registering a 0.21 percent blood alcohol level. He was charged with two counts of DWI, common law and aggravated.

• Police stopped a vehicle on Transit Road after observing numerous vehicle and traffic violations. The operator, an Orchard Park woman, allegedly exhibited signs of intoxication and was asked to submit to field sobriety tests that she reportedly failed. She was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated and was returned to the station. At the station, she submitted to a breath test, allegedly registering a 0.16 percent blood alcohol level. She was charged with two counts of DWI, common law and blood alcohol content greater than 0.08 percent.

• A dash camera was taken from a vehicle in an Amanda Lane parking lot. The owner of the vehicle said the car was locked. There was no evidence of forced entry; however, the numeric code for the push button entry was visible on a piece of paper on the dashboard. The value of the camera is $30.

Saturday, Oct. 13

• Police received a call saying a vehicle was stopped at a green light at the Milestrip Road westbound exit of Route 219. Upon arrival, police found an Orchard Park man reportedly sleeping behind the wheel of the vehicle. The man allegedly exhibited signs of intoxication and submitted to field sobriety tests, which he subsequently failed. He was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated and was returned to the station. At the station, he refused to take a breath test. He was charged with DWI, failure to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of an address change, refusal to submit to a breath screening device, stopped motor vehicle upon a highway and no insurance.

(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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