Weekly Feature

2017-05-25 / Police Blotter

Tires slashed twice on medical vehicles


Friday, May 12

• Police initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle at the corner of Central and Columbia avenues. An inspection sticker was placed on the car even though a DMV check showed it did not pass inspection. The female driver and male passenger were asked to exit the vehicle, when officers reportedly found a crack pipe containing white powder residue on the passenger-side floorboard. The man became belligerent with police at this point, yelling profanities, and was taken into custody.

• A woman was allegedly caught on camera taking a shirt from Wal-Mart on Transit Road, then returning the same shirt for money. The woman was taken into custody, as there was a no-trespass form completed and issued to her prior to the incident.

• While conducting a traffic check of the Knight Inn Hotel along Freeman Drive, police observed a suspicious vehicle idling in the parking lot. Upon approaching the vehicle, officers noticed a strong smell of marijuana. The man refused to give his name and get out of the car initially, telling police he was waiting for a friend. The man was the subject of an active bench warrant from the City of Tonawanda and was turned over to Tonawanda police. Police found a Tupperware container allegedly containing two plastic bags of marijuana.

Saturday, May 13

• Officers were called to Transit Road near William Street for reports of reckless driving. Upon reaching the male driver, police saw the car had no driver’s side light but didn’t observe any signs of intoxication or impairment from the man, and he was sent on his way. Dispatch advised officers that there had been complaints of the man’s driving and drug abuse for the last few months, so police spoke with him again. The man said he takes Subutex and Lyrica, both of which were in the vehicle. He told police he had prescriptions but was unable to provide them. Police took the man into custody and impounded his vehicle.

• A woman was allegedly caught stealing more than $250 worth of items from Wal-Mart along Transit Road. An employee had reportedly seen her take a display purse and put other items in it, then attempt to pass all points of sale. Police said the woman has a history of larcenies, with another taking place at a Batavia Wal-Mart in December 2016. When asked if she had any narcotics on her, she responded, “I don’t believe so. I shouldn’t.” Officers reportedly found a crack pipe that she had tried to get rid of prior to a search.

Wednesday, May 17

• Police pulled over a man along Pleasant View at Harris Hill Road after watching the man swerve in and out of traffic, staying in oncoming traffic for more than 100 feet at a time. When asked to produce his license and registration, the man said, “I don’t know.” Visibly intoxicated, the man had an alleged 0.22 percent blood alcohol level. He told police he had two beers at the Bellevue Hotel along Como Park Boulevard.


Monday, May 15

• An unknown person vandalized a Depew park by spray painting and using permanent marker on the shelter and playground equipment. A recreation supervisor took pictures and advised officers he has information on the incident coming from an unnamed source.

Tuesday, May 16

• A Citizens Bank in Depew was evacuated when a dye pack exploded. A drawer was set down roughly on the dye pack, causing some to leak and fill the area with noxious fumes. The bank manager followed protocols in handling damaged currency.

Wednesday, May 17

• Police responded to Penora Street for a hit-and-run accident. The woman involved told officers her car was parked on the side of the road and was struck mid-morning, causing minor damage to the driver side mirror.

Thursday, May 18

• A woman called police to report a burglary that occurred at her residence on Main Street. The woman’s daughter is currently in voluntary detox/rehab at the Terrace House in Buffalo, and it is believed the man she had a child with is responsible for breaking in. A food stamps card, spare car key and house keys, a $10 bill, cigarettes and an iPhone were stolen.

Friday, May 19

• Police initiated a traffic stop after observing a man going 47 miles per hour in a 30-mph zone along George Urban Boulevard.

Sunday, May 21

• A woman was pulled over along Broadway at River Street for driving to the left of pavement markings more than once. The driver stated she only had her learner’s permit since her license was revoked by Cheektowaga police. She admitted to police that she had taken Suboxone and cocaine.

• Police tracked down a known drug addict with two active warrants against him out of Depew to a residence along Olmstead Avenue. The man refused to unlock the door for police and reportedly started yelling profanities. Officers kicked open the door and handcuffed the man, who allegedly later admitted he had just injected heroin into his left arm.

Monday, May 22

• Officers were called in response to vandalism to a vehicle. All four tires were slashed on a medical delivery vehicle, which was parked in a rear lot along Dick Road. The man told police the same thing happened a week ago to a different vehicle, which was parked in the same lot, but only the front two tires were slashed. The man suspects the incidents involve youths, as he is not aware of any enemies who would do this.

(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual, sometimes humorous calls received by the police department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported.)

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