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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, May 7 to 14

May 7

A laptop and textbooks were reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 400 block of 80th Street, Niagara Falls police reported. The victim told police that sometime between 7:30 and 10 a.m., his backpack, which contained two college textbooks, a Macbook laptop, and wallet containing $200 in cash, were taken from the vehicle. There was no sign of forced entry, police said. His wallet, minus the cash, was found and returned, police said. Total loss was estimated at $1,920.

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May 8

A 63-year-old man found his Cadillac Deville heavily vandalized overnight while parked in his driveway in the 2400 block of North Avenue in Niagara Falls.

The car was scratched on every side, had the headlights and brake lights smashed, and the fabric roof was slashed. Every tire was also slashed. Damages were listed at $1,400.

The victim had no suspects, police said.

Approximately 150 feet of barbed wire was cut from the top of a security fence sometime between Sunday and Tuesday on 53rd Street, Niagara Falls police said.

The owner of the fencing, Glenn Springs Holdings, said the fence in the 100 block of 53rd Street was surrounding a chemical dump area that they are in the process of cleaning up.

Total damage, mostly on the west and south side of the fencing, was listed at $700, according to police.

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May 9

A man was charged after being interrupted by a woman in the act of burglarizing her apartment in the 400 block of 22nd Street in Niagara Falls.

Dylan J. Fiore, 19, was arrested at his home in the Community Mission on Buffalo Avenue at 5 p.m. Wednesday and charged with felony second-degree burglary, attempted petit larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

The victim told police that she caught Fiore in the act after he had kicked in her apartment door and took her DVDs and DVD player. She said when she confronted him, he dropped the items and ran out, jumping over a fence as he fled.

The woman was able to give police a name and description and address. He was then brought back to the apartment and positively identified, police reported.

A second man was charged with forcing his way into a home and assaulting a man in order to steal his pain medication, Niagara Falls police said.

James A. Moody, 32, of Ridge Road, Cambria, was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and attempted second-degree robbery.

David S. Buchalski, 26, of Perry Avenue, was faces charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and second-degree robbery for his role in an incident, which happened Aug. 27 in the 1900 block of Welch Avenue.

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May 11

At least two cars were damaged by fire late Friday in the 11th Street lot of Giavanni Automotive, Niagara Falls police said.

Witnesses reported several vehicles engulfed in flames inside the company lot around 10:30 p.m., and investigators were attempting to determine whether the fires had been intentionally set. A 1969 Lincoln and a 2011 Chevrolet van were among the vehicles damaged in the fire. No other details were available Saturday.

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May 12

A Town of Lockport woman awoke Saturday to find that someone had gone through her purse and stolen $400 in cash and her cellphone. The woman told sheriff's deputies that she went to sleep around 8 p.m. Friday with her purse beneath her head to keep her "crackhead" boyfriend from rummaging through it while she slept. When she awoke, she found four $100 bills gone from the purse, as well as her boyfriend gone from the residence. Police are now seeking him for questioning.

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May 13

An estimated $1,500 worth of compact discs were stolen from the basement of a Walnut Avenue home in one of two burglaries reported by Niagara Falls police on Sunday.

The Walnut Avenue break-in occurred sometime since May 1, although there were no apparent signs of forced entry to the home, police said. The stolen CD's were in a bag in the basement of the residence.

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May 14

A man accused of trying to steal two 30 packs of beer was arrested by Niagara Falls police after a bystander followed him and pointed out his location to police Monday.

David S. Buchalski, 26, of Ferry Avenue, was charged with petit larceny just after 5:30 p.m.

A manager at a Tops Supermarket on Portage Road accused Buchalski of leaving the store without paying for two 30-packs of beer. Buchalski dropped the beer and ran off when confronted by the manager. Someone in the store followed Buchalski to an address in the 500 block of Ninth Street and was able to help police locate Buchalski.