Best of the Blotter '99
A shoplifter was apprehended at Woodworker's Warehouse. The suspect was found to have five hammers inside his pants.
On Oakbrook Avenue a car alarm sounded. Upon hearing the alarm and checking the situation the vehicle owner discovered that window had been broken out with a potato.
A man reported a change machine at the ROBO Wash emptied "Vegas style" when he put $1 in it. The man turned over $76.25 to the police.
Troopers helped an elderly motorist on Main Street locate the vehicle's defroster switches so she could see the road instead of driving in the center turn lane.
An elderly woman left material on nudist colonies at a Maple Road salon.
The owner of a construction company reported that vandals had entered a home under construction on Meadow Drive and ripped open six bags of Durabond and threw it about the house causing about $30 in damage. A fiberglass tub enclosure was cracked as well causing an additional $300 in damage.
Teens on Shimerville Road asked deputies to help them locate items they lost while at a bonfire.
A large cicada bug brought inside by a dog was removed from a North Forest Road residence.
A female on Hidden Pines could not find her watch.
A woman at Clarence Town Park called police because people were feeding the ducks.
Landscaping was removed from in front of a Woodview Drive home. A landscaping company employee said he did it as a joke and would replace the plantings.
A gas measuring stick used at a North Buffalo Road station was destroyed.
A tool belt and six Beanie Babies were stolen from a car parked at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Troopers were called to a Shisler Road address by grandparents who could not get their 8-year-old grandson to do his homework.
Eighteen pairs of socks found on Old Maryvale Drive were taken to the Cheektowaga Police Department.
A 3-year-old threatened a plumber with a plastic baseball bat on Capen Boulevard.
A cash register was reported stolen on Tamarck Court.
A towel was reported on fire in the road on Aero Drive.
A complaint was logged at an Orchard Park Road restaurant of a balding man in his 40s wearing a tuxedo who drove up in a large white vehicle. Police found everything in order with the man with his new wife.
Five youths hitting a girl on the ground on Oakgrove Drive turned out be youths acting out a soap opera.
Someone stole the tailgate off of a truck parked along Route20.
Patrol settled a neighbor dispute on Milestrip Road. A woman said her next door neighbor was "not staying in his place."
A kiddie pool was stolen from a Freeman Road garage.
A portable toilet was pushed down a hill along California Road.
A man on W. Phalinger argued with his girlfriend's father about proper lawn-mowing techniques.
A motorist dropped his car keys into the sewer. Firefighters were able to recover the keys.
An attempted burglary was reported on Union Road. Pry marks were noticed on the window and woodchips were found on the floor. Nothing appears to have been taken.
A Summit Avenue resident reported that an unknown person removed the inspection sticker from his vehicle while it was parked in a parking lot of a Union Road business.
A Burmon Road caller said two teenagers were going door to door asking questions.
An East Royal Hill man said water from his neighbor's sprinkler was hitting his car and that his music was too loud.
A Ward Road caller said a nearby motorist was drinking and littering as he drove past.
A Baker Road woman found a pencil in her yard.
An employee at a South Buffalo Street business observed a customer pull flowers from a nearby flower bed and leave the premises.
A pair of drunken men was asked to leave an Amelia Drive movie theater.
A suspicious person was observed selling stereo equipment from the back of a van along Orchard Park Road.
A skunk was trapped in a window well in Harris Hill.
A Golden Oak Circle resident told deputies a neighbor keeps putting out garbage too early.
A Union Road business reported the pop machine on site was broken into and the coin box taken.
Two extension ladders were taken by unknown persons from outside a Seneca Street business.
A Cheshire Lane woman complained that a neighbor was outside calling her dirty names.
A "psychotic woodchuck" chased police officers on patrol on the Amherst bike path, forcing officers to open fire. The animal ran off into the woods.
An elderly North Burbank Drive resident told dispatchers that he heard moaning outside his garage, and thought it was a person. Officers checked the area, but no moaning was heard. They told the man the noise might have been from an animal, not a human.
A young man with short dark hair and dark skin was seen on N. French Road screaming for "Dukie" and using obscene language.
A caller from Harlem Road reported a naked man running around near Manhattan Bagel.
A person reported a barking dog on Fairoaks Lane. Officers reported "He was advised to keep it down."
A man in a red hood broke into a Goodwill box on Maple Road and removed a golf bag before riding away on a red bike.
A person on Lille Lane reported milk was poured into his gas tank.
Youths reportedly ate some sponge candy inside a D&L Plaza store without paying for it.
A caller claimed her car was moved in a Main Street parking lot before police determined it had only rolled out of gear.
An unknown person reportedly took 50 shopping carts from Tops on Broadway in Depew.
Several females were reported being rowdy nearby a parked car at a Lancaster church. One of them allegedly threw a candied apple, denting the vehicle.
A Millersport Highway resident called police to say that something "with a lot of lights" was in front of her house, and perhaps someone needed assistance. It was a tow truck assisting another tow truck.
A Lisa Lane homeowner told deputies a suspicious container in the attic was ticking. Deputies discovered the container held a lawn sprayer. They did not hear the ticking sound.
A Goodrich Road resident told troopers a man was staring at him through his window. The man was right on the other side of the glass. Troopers checked the perimeter of the residence and found no footprints in the snow. Troopers went back into the residence and checked the window. Upon looking into the window they noticed their reflection. They asked the homeowner to do the same and after doing so, he appeared startled. It was his own reflection he had reported to the police as being a prowler.
A Broadway supermarket reported a man was seen putting cassette tapes down the front of his pants. He then tried to purchase soft drinks and was apprehended by security. He told security he would just pay the fines as usual; however, the police were notified and he was held until officers arrived.
A Cheektowaga woman told police that when she returned to her car after seeing a movie at a Transit Road theater, she saw that a vehicle had been pushed into hers. That vehicle had apparently been hit by a third vehicle which was no longer present.
A snowball fight was reported along Iroquois Drive.
A husband picked up his drunken wife from a bar along Route20.
A suspicious envelope inside the town clerk's office turned out to be an activated paging device. The apparatus was promptly removed and returned to the town supervisor.
Harassment was reported when "dog poop" was reportedly thrown at a Pendennis Place hair salon.
An intoxicated male fell off of a bar stool at a Walden Avenue bowling alley and allegedly spit in the face of a paramedic who tried to help him.
A West Seneca man reported that an unknown person stole his pager and $20 cash from his vehicle which was parked in a Seneca Street gas station parking lot.
On Transit Road unknown persons stole five bags of peat moss, 12 bags of potting soil and 30 bags of top soil from a business.
Two vehicles parked on Thorndale Avenue were entered by unknown persons. Two dollars were taken from one vehicle and a pack of cigarettes was taken from the other.
A Sycamore Street woman reported a strange caller threatened to make improvements to the outside of her house. She advised the man to stay off her property and contacted authorities.
A possible burglar reported on Genesee Street was the landlord fixing a pipe.
A man wearing only a jacket and underwear was reported at the Buffalo Cemetery.
From the Sheriff's report: "First Aid, Transit Road, pain in the neck, cleared."
A woman at a Transit Road restaurant told troopers someone tampered with her car. The investigation revealed it wasn't the woman's car; her's was a few parking spaces over.
A dog was tied to a dead deer on Stage road.
Eggs and potatoes were thrown at a house and car on Shimerville Road.
A Meyer plow valued at $200 was stolen from an Orchard Park Road business lot.
A newspaper vending box on Union Road was broken into and $20.50 in cash stolen.
Patrol helped a Princeton Place woman shut off her stove.
A suspicious vehicle was reported along Taylor Road. It turned out to be a photographer taking pictures for a local newspaper.
Two large boxes containing plastic flower pots and plant starters were removed from along Route 219.
At least 68 hubcaps were stolen from a Southwestern Boulevard auto dealership.
An Elmwood Avenue resident reported a sofa stuck in her doorway of her apartment.
A reported 11-year-old Amherst runaway actually was attending a school basketball game.
Amherst police officers assisted a North French Road mother in getting her 13-year-old son to go to school.
Customers in a Transit Road store in Amherst reported a heavyset white woman wandering the store talking to herself about guns.
An Eggert Road, Amherst resident complained about the dog from the home behind him leaving its droppings in his yard.
Two men reported they were harassed by another man at 7-Eleven on Sheridan Drive. The man was blowing them kisses.
A man reportedly caused a disturbance by honking his horn on Evergreen Place.
An injured bird was reported behind a plaza on Main Street and a turtle was reported next to the curb on Rambling Road.
Cement benches were reported taken from a church on Maryvale Drive.
A security guard was locked out of a bank on Park Club Lane.
A Carriage Park resident reported that at about 12:45 a.m., a white male, wearing jeans, a white T-shirt and blond wig rang his doorbell and was acting strange. He asked for a place to stay for the night and said he wasn't sure where he was. He was using foul language and staggering as he stood. The victim told him to go to a motel. As he left, the suspect was picked up by a maroon vehicle, which left the area.
A Leydecker Road resident reported that between 9 p.m. - 1a.m., while at an Orchard Park Road bar, he believes his wallet, with his driver's license, was stolen out of his pants pocket while dancing.
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