Weekly Feature



2018-04-11 / Police Blotter

Dream catcher theft becomes man’s nightmare

Monday, April 2

• A resident of Hemlock Lane reported observing a teenager jump out of a moving vehicle. The vehicle and the teenager fled the area prior to the arrival of police.

• On Callodine Avenue, a resident reported that a recycling collection truck had struck low-hanging electrical wires. The proper electrical company was called to the scene to repair the damaged electrical lines.

• On Hillcrest Drive, a resident reported that a newborn kitten was alone and on the front lawn. Animal control officers responded and transported the kitten to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Serving Erie County.

Tuesday, April 3

• At a Robin Road apartment, a resident reported that his dream catcher and name tag were stolen. The resident said the theft may have been part of an ongoing dispute with a neighbor. The items were hanging from the resident’s front door at the time they were stolen.

• Police responded to a Niagara Falls Boulevard department store where an employee reported that footage from a surveillance video captured a person stealing six smart watches and a GPS unit.

• A resident of North Long Street reported that his house and a neighbor’s house were “egged” by youths.

Wednesday, April 4

• At a Niagara Falls Boulevard electronics store, an employee reported that two men attempted to use fraudulently obtained gift cards to purchase Google Play cards. The men fled the area in a black BMW.

• A resident of Grover Cleveland Highway reported that a white poodle was running loose throughout the neighborhood.

• On East Summerset Lane, a resident reported that an unknown person broke into the attached garage and stole a refrigerator and table. The resident told police the theft occurred sometime within the previous week.

Thursday, April 5

• Police responded to The Commons where a resident was reportedly irate at Erie County Water Authority employees who were working in the neighborhood and had to shut off the area homes’ access to water. Officers assisted in calming the man, who upon the arrival of police, was yelling at the employees.

• At a Main Street grocery store, a man was apprehended by security personnel after he was allegedly attempting to steal merchandise. According to the store manager, the man was becoming agitated as he was being asked questions. He was transported to police headquarters for arrest processing.

• At a Sheridan Drive vehicle dealership, an employee reported that two dealer license plates could not be located on the property.

(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 March 28 through April 3, 1,520 calls to dispatchers were logged into the Amherst police’s computer database.)

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