Federal credit union robbed at gunpoint
The Town of Tonawanda Federal Credit Union was robbed at gunpoint Monday morning, town police reported.
The robbery occurred shortly after 11 a.m. at 257 Highland Parkway. An unspecified amount of money was taken, police said.
An investigation continued late Monday by the Police Department's Criminal Investigation Bureau.
Liquor store co-owner foils robbery with gunshot
The co-owner of a Cheektowaga liquor store foiled a robbery over the weekend by firing a warning shot and detaining two of three suspects in the holdup try, Cheektowaga police said Monday.
A would-be bandit walked into Town Park Liquor, 2551 Harlem Road, shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday and handed the clerk a demand note, police said. Co-owner James Lesinski, who was alerted to the trouble at his store, went to the scene and fired the warning shot as the thief tried to enter a getaway vehicle, according to police.
One of the two women who had been in the vehicle fled, but she was stopped by a volunteer firefighter in the area, with the help of responding police officers.
Charged with first-degree robbery were Vincent Brock, 46, of Pearl Street, Buffalo; Yvonne Gilliam, 50, of Moselle Street, Buffalo; and Mona L. McEachin, 38, of Cloverdale Avenue, Buffalo. Brock and McEachin also face drug possession charges, according to police reports.
Teen carjacking suspect faces multiple charges
A Burgard Place teenager faces several criminal charges after he allegedly carjacked a Mitsubishi Endeavor late Sunday and led Buffalo police on a high-speed chase through residential neighborhoods, according to police reports.
Adam W. Williams, 17, is accused of entering a vehicle at Walden and Bailey avenues with two Buffalo women inside at about 10 p.m., police said.
Williams claimed to have a gun and told the women to drive away, reports said. He allegedly put a gun to the back of the one of the women, demanding they drive to a vacant lot on Rapin Street, where he stole the vehicle and headed back toward Walden, police said.
The vehicle was spotted by police a short time later at Goodyear Avenue and Sycamore Street. Williams wouldn't stop for police, leading officers on a car chase at speeds over 55 mph before ditching the car on May Street and fleeing through yards, reports said. He was apprehended not far from his Burgard Place house.
Williams was charged with two counts of robbery, unauthorized use of a vehicle, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property and unlawfully fleeing from police officers.
Cab driver robbed of $200 at gunpoint
A Buffalo taxi driver was held up at gunpoint early Monday after he arrived to pick up a fare on Nevada Street, according to Buffalo police reports.
The victim told police he was dispatched to the 100 block of Nevada at about 1:15 a.m. He was flagged down by a man who went to the driver's side rear door to enter the taxi. At the same time, another man with a mask over his face tapped on the passenger side window with a shotgun and demanded money.
The first man then took $200 from the driver. Both fled through yards in the neighborhood. Police found a 12 gauge shotgun in a Montana Street yard a short time later; they believe it was used in the robbery.
Jaguar hood ornament worth $2,000 stolen
A Georgia woman reported to Buffalo police that sometime over the weekend a Jaguar hood ornament valued at $2,000 was stolen off her car on Columbus Avenue, according to police reports.
The woman, from Roswell, Ga., said her tan 2003 Jaguar was parked at 52 Columbus from about 11 p.m. Saturday until about 3:30 p.m. Sunday when the ornament was ripped off her car.