Amherst police today were continuing to investigate a robbery that occurred Friday in the parking lot at the Tops supermarket at 3035 Niagara Falls Blvd.
A woman, described as about 25 years old, drove up to a 70-year-old North Tonawanda woman who was pushing a shopping cart and asked for directions to North Tonawanda, police said.
As the older woman was giving directions, the other woman got out of the car, grabbed the older woman's purse, and got back into the car, police said.
The 70-year-old woman reached into the car attempting to get her purse back, but the younger woman pushed her away and drove off, police said.
The purse contained about $25, they said.
Police said they have a lead in the case and added that the woman who snatched the purse might have been involved in similar recent robberies at Boulevard Mall in Amherst and in Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda.
Cash, jewelry reported taken
in burglary of Amherst home
Cash and jewelry were stolen from a Bucyrus Drive home during a weekend break-in, Amherst police said today.
The thief or thieves entered the home through a family room window.
The break-in, which occurred Saturday night or Sunday morning, was reported Sunday.
Also Sunday, an attempted break-in was reported on nearby Ayrault Drive.
The thief or thieves cut the screen on the back door, but apparently fled after realizing the house was occupied, police said.
Robbery on Sweet Avenue
puts victim in intensive care
A 31-year-old Sweet Avenue man was listed in serious condition today in Erie County Medical Center after two robbers struck him on the head with an unknown object Sunday night front of the home next to his.
Joseph Acker was in the Intensive Care Unit following the assault at about 7 p.m. Sunday, authorities said.
Witnesses told police they spotted the two men with the Acker's wallet.
The robbers reportedly fled west on Sweet toward Playter Street after leaving the wallet at the scene.
The case was referred to the Homicide Bureau because of the seriousness of the injury, police said today.
Town of Tonawanda officers
seek gas station robber
A well-dressed robber took an undetermined amount of money in a holdup early Sunday at the Noco service station at 2596 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda police reported today.
The robber walked into the station at about 5 a.m., asked to use the bathroom and ripped off the video surveillance system before grabbing the clerk and threatening to shoot him, police said. The clerk, however, did not see a gun.
Police were looking for a white man, about 6 foot 2, with a thin build, black hair and a black beard. He was wearing a white button-down shirt and a tan sports jacket.
South Dayton man charged
in holdup attempt near bar
SOUTH DAYTON -- A local man accused of trying to rob a Gowanda man at gunpoint early Sunday was being held without bail in Cattaraugus County Jail.
Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said Paul J. Mosher, 31, of 63 Main St. was charged with first-degree attempted robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Deputies said Mosher, armed with a shotgun and machete, approached Eric R. Wilder, 30, in his car on Park Street and demanded money.
The two struggled, and the gun went off, deputies said. Mosher then returned to the nearby Rough Kutts Bar, where the two men had met earlier.
Deputies said some people in the bar managed to disarm Mosher and held him until officers arrived.
Mosher was taken to Lake Shore Hospital in Irving for treatment of a head injury before he was arraigned before Village Justice Jeffrey K. Beightol.
Wilder, who suffered what was described as minor head cuts, was released after treatment in Tri-County Hospital in Gowanda.
Burglars loot Vix store office
after alarm fails to sound
An undetermined amount of cash was stolen over the weekend from a Vix store at 1900 Ridge Road, West Seneca police said Sunday.
A burglar or burglars smashed a plate-glass window next to the front door of the store sometime between 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday, police said.
The cash was taken from the store's office area, and the unknown thief or thieves left through the same broken window.
Police said the store's alarm had malfunctioned, was improperly set or not set at all.
Officers said Sunday they did not know whether the break-in was related to other recent burglaries in the area.