Weekly Feature



2017-03-15 / Police Blotter

Woman attempts returning item 15 times in two weeks

(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual calls received by the Police Department. The blotter is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported. It is also not a record of all calls answered by dispatchers. In a seven day stretch, from Feb. 22 through Feb. 28, 1,422 calls to dispatchers were logged into the Amherst police’s computer database.)

Saturday, March 4

• Police responded to a Niagara Falls Boulevard restaurant where a patron reported two children were accidentally locked inside a vehicle. Officers waited with the patron until AAA representatives arrived to assist in unlocking the vehicle.

• A resident of West Villas Drive reported a neighbor was playing music at too high of a volume. Officers requested the neighbor keep the noise at a minimum level.

• On North French Road, a resident reported that a pickup with a loud muffler struck multiple mailboxes at neighboring properties. According to the report, the vehicle was missing a taillight and a headlight on the passenger side. Police later located the vehicle and driver.

Sunday, March 5

• A resident of Westfield Road believed gunshots were fired close to his home. Police responded to the area but were unable to locate the source of the reported shots.

• An employee of a Harlem Road restaurant reported that a family left without paying a $300 bill the previous day. The bill was for birthday party services. According to the employee, the family said they would return the next day, but they didn’t answer their phone when called.

• A resident on Rambling Road reported a neighbor’s dog had been “outside barking all day.”

Monday, March 6

• An employee of a Maple Road Mexican restaurant reported that two women in their early 20s left the business without paying the bill. The employee believed the vehicle was a Mitsubishi or Toyota.

• An employee of a Millersport Highway convenience store reported that a group of five teenage boys were obstructing traffic for at least a half-hour. The boys told the employee they didn’t want to move but left before the arrival of officers.

• At a Niagara Falls Boulevard electronics store, an employee reported that a woman attempted to return a product for the 15th time in two weeks. She was denied her money back and refused to leave. After yelling at employees and creating a ruckus in the parking lot, the woman eventually fled the area.

Tuesday, March 7

• On Seabrook Drive, a resident reported that a bag of loose change was stolen from his vehicle. He also said that three months ago, his vehicle was entered and a cellphone was stolen.

• In the parking lot of police headquarters, two people were reportedly arguing with each other “over a car ding.”

• At about 2 a.m., a resident of North French road said her daughter observed a man wearing a baseball hat looking into her house’s windows. Officers checked the area but were not able to locate the reported man.

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