Weekly Feature

2018-11-08 / Police Blotter

Sister accused in theft of Halloween costumes


Saturday, Oct. 27

• An officer observed a vehicle abruptly brake and turn into a driveway near Freeman Drive, failing to give sufficient notice for the turn. The driver had a revoked license and was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree.

• Police responded to a Transit Road department store for a report of shoplifters in custody. The individuals allegedly concealed merchandise in their purses and left the store without paying. According to police, one of the people gave the responding officer a false name and date of birth. Both were taken into custody, booked and released on $200 cash bail. Several stolen items were reportedly recovered from their vehicle, which was impounded.

Sunday, Oct. 28

• At a Transit Road department store, an employee reported that two women were trying to return items without a receipt and demanding their cash back. When they were denied money back, one of the women allegedly picked up the store log book and threw it at the manager, striking her in the stomach. She also reportedly struck the cashier. Store loss prevention is reviewing pictures and videos to see if the two women are repeat offenders.

Monday, Oct. 29

• In a Transit Road grocery store parking lot, an officer observed a vehicle parked with steamed up windows. The officer notified dispatch of the vehicle and was advised that there was an active warrant for the registered owner. The officer located a person sleeping on the back seat under a blanket and woke up the subject to confirm it was the registered owner of the vehicle. The owner was taken into custody.


Saturday, Oct. 27

• An employee of a Broadway grocery store reported a man sleeping inside the store on a bench and was refusing to leave. The man told the responding officer that he was waiting for a friend to pick him up. The officer told the man that he had to leave the store, and the man became belligerent, using obscene language in public and refusing to follow the officer’s commands. The man was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken into custody.

• An officer was dispatched to a Dick Road banquet hall for a report of criminal mischief. The complainant told the officer that his car had been keyed. The officer observed scratches on both the driver and passenger side of the vehicle but was unable to make contact with the owner for possible footage.

Sunday, Oct. 28

• An officer initiated a traffic stop on Dick Road after a vehicle traveling north made an unsafe lane change. Upon making contact with the driver, the officer noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath. The officer administered several field sobriety tests. After a preliminary breath test, the driver had an alleged blood alcohol level of 0.13 percent. She was placed under arrest for DWI and returned to the station.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

• An overnight grocery store employee reportedly found two opened lobster tail packages in the drink and baking aisles. A store video showed the subject wearing black pants, black boots and a high-visibility yellow jacket. The investigation is pending.

• Police were dispatched to a fast food restaurant for a report of a broiler fire. A responding officer used a fire extinguisher to suppress the fire. The cause of the fire was determined to be from food and grease buildup.

Wednesday, Oct. 31

• Police responded to a Broadway recycling facility for a report of smoke in the area. Officers found flames and smoke coming from a trash pile in the rear of the property. The Depew Fire Department was notified and responded to extinguish the fire.

• Police responded for a report of shots fired. Officers met with the complainant who stated that he was lying in bed when he saw a flash of light and felt glass shatter on his face. He got up and saw a man with a mustache standing outside his bedroom window. Officers observed bullet holes in the bottom and exterior of the bedroom window. Two shell casings were also found. Photos were taken, and the scene was turned over to detectives for processing.

Thursday, Nov. 1

• On Conway Street, a resident reported that her sister stole two Halloween costumes and a Joker sweater. The resident told officers that she has video of her sister wearing the costume and sweater. An officer left messages for the resident’s sister to return the items, but the officer’s calls were not returned.

(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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