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Smash-and-grab thieves hit several parked cars

Smash-and-grab thieves hit several parked cars Thursday near Delaware Park, Buffalo police reported.

An East Amherst man told police that a window in his SUV was smashed out before 9:45 p.m. on Windsor Avenue and Rumsey Road. Stolen was a purse containing credit cards and a $700 digital camera.

A New Jersey woman said a window in her minivan was smashed out and her purse containing her wallet and personal effects were stolen at Rumsey Road and Lincoln Parkway, according to police reports.

A St. Johns Avenue woman had a laptop computer stolen after her car window was broken at Windsor Avenue and Rumsey Road, reports stated.


Buffalo man indicted on weapons charge

A South Buffalo man has been indicted on a federal weapons charge that could bring a maximum of 10 years in prison.

A federal grand jury indicted Brian D. McCoy, 47, on a single count of possession of a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn.

McCoy, who had previously been convicted of a felony, recently was arrested in a domestic dispute at his Aldrich Place home, where officers found a Colt semiautomatic rifle hidden under the mattress of a bed in an upstairs bedroom, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jorge S. de Rosas. Seventeen other weapons were found in a trailer on the property.


Woman said guitarist raped her in his home

A guitarist in a downtown lounge band is a suspect in a rape late Monday, according to a police complaint filed by an East Tupper Street woman.

The victim told police she went to the tavern and met the man about 7:30 p.m. By about 10:30 p.m., after the man played a couple of sets in the band there, the two went to the guitarist's house where, the woman said, he choked her and forced her into various forms of sexual contact. He also bit her ear and the back of her neck, she reported. She was treated in Buffalo General Hospital.


Gunfire on Grant Street prompts police search

Buffalo police are looking for a shooter who sprayed bullets early Thursday on Grant Street on the city's West Side. No injuries were reported.

The shooter fired five shots in the 400 block of Grant about 2:10 a.m., Northwest District police reported.

Officers responded to the scene and recovered a .38-caliber revolver, which they believe was used in the shooting.

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