Youths with broomsticks a danger to empty building
Saturday, April 8
• A manager of a Transit Road business reported that a “quick-change artist” swindled an employee out of $300 on Friday.
• Police responded to a Main Street grocery store where an employee suspected a woman of attempting to steal a $1 bottle of calcium pills. The woman denied the theft attempts to the employee and police. Store representatives declined pursuing prosecution against the woman.
• At Amherst State Park, two men reportedly left an open suitcase lying in the middle of the parking lot. According to the report, the men intentionally left the suitcase before leaving in a vehicle.
Sunday, April 9
• On Glenhaven Drive, a large group of youths was reportedly “milling around in the road and yelling and swearing at each other.” Officers responded to the area but found the neighborhood to be quiet.
• A patron of a Sheridan Drive grocery store reported witnessing three teenagers stealing items from the business. According to the patron, the youths were stuffing the items into backpacks they were carrying.
• A resident of Hempstead Court reported that headphones and sunglasses were stolen from his vehicle sometime overnight.
Monday, April 10
• On Niagara Falls Boulevard, a person reported that two youths, a boy and a girl, were swinging broomsticks at each other. The person said the youths were playing near an abandoned storefront and was concerned they would damage the glass windows.
• At Heim Middle School, a person reported observing a youth walking around on the roof. Police responded to the area but were unable to locate the youth or his friends.
• A resident of Forestlake Drive reported that his house and vehicle were struck with raw eggs sometime overnight.
Tuesday, April 11
• On South Cayuga Road, a person reported that his “one-of-a-kind bicycle” was stolen from the garage. He told police the theft occurred during the weekend.
• At a Transit Road convenience store, a man who exited a silver Nissan was urinating near the rear of the building and in plain view of customers.
• A resident of Fairchild Drive reported that his vehicle was entered overnight by an unknown person. Among the items reported stolen were a laptop and keys.
(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 April 5 through April 11, 1,422 calls to dispatchers were logged into the Amherst police’s computer database.)