Weekly Feature



2018-04-18 / Police Blotter

Parked ‘mystery machine’ befuddles clueless man

Monday, April 9

• On LeBrun Road, a person reported that while taking a walk in the neighborhood, he was being followed by a fox. The man told police that he had to throw a stick at the fox before it finally turned around and fled the area.

• A resident of Berehaven Drive reported “an enormous” bull mastiff was roaming the neighborhood. Police responded to the area but were unable to locate the canine.

• Police responded to the parking lot of a Sheridan Drive department store where a customer reported that a child was left unattended in a parked vehicle. Upon the arrival of officers, the child’s mother exited the store and returned to the vehicle. Police advised the woman to not leave a child unattended inside a vehicle.

Tuesday, April 10

• A man reported that a “mystery machine-looking vehicle” was parked in the lot at Amherst State Park. He said the vehicle seemed suspicious.

• At a Peppertree Drive apartment building, a taxi driver reported that a person he transported to the location did not pay the fare. According to the driver, the patron said he needed to go to his apartment for the money; however, he never returned. The fare was paid upon the arrival of police.

• On Teakwood Terrace, a resident reported that a person operating a late-model Oldsmobile was traveling back and forth on the street and pulling in and out of area driveways. The resident who reported the incident said he didn’t believe the driver was a newspaper delivery person.

Wednesday, April 11

• At a Niagara Falls Boulevard fast food restaurant, a person driving a gray minivan was yelling and swearing at employees who were operating the drive-thru line because he did not receive all of the food he purchased. Upon learning that police had been called to the restaurant, the man fled the area.

• On Pin Oak Drive, a person reported that a woman was walking two unleashed dogs in the neighborhood.

• At a Millersport Highway business, a person reported that her vehicle was “keyed” while she was inside. She told police she was unsure who may have caused the damage.

Thursday, April 12

• On Amberwood Drive, a person reported that a group of youths playing football broke the top of a streetlight and were causing damage to a resident’s mailbox.

• At a Niagara Falls Boulevard business, a patron reported that her wallet was stolen from her purse while she was shopping.

• On Koster Road, a resident reported that an unknown person tossed raw eggs at his vehicle sometime overnight.

(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 period, from April 4 through April 10, 1,479 calls to dispatchers were logged into the Amherst police’s computer database.)

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