DWI suspect accused of driving stolen car
TOWN OF NIAGARA -- A Niagara Falls man stopped for erratic driving early Saturday was driving a stolen car, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.
Wesley W. Dillon, 19, of Seventh Street, was driving a vehicle stolen from a Military Road repair shop when he was pulled over at 1:40 a.m., deputies said.
Dillon was charged driving while intoxicated, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
The stolen car was owned by a Saunders Settlement Road woman, deputies said.
$3,558 utility tab called case of fraud
TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- National Grid officials are investigating a complaint that an account was fraudulently opened in the name of a Northledge Drive resident.
Authorities said $3,558 in charges were run up over a two-year period for an address in Albany. The account was opened in the local man's name, although he has no connection to the property, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.
Theft of gum-ball coins causes $750 in damage
NIAGARA FALLS -- A thief smashed a plate-glass door at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Niagara Falls Boulevard early Friday in order to steal coins from a gum-ball machine, police said.
An undetermined number of coins were removed from the machine. Damage was estimated at $750.
Internet rendezvous turns sour for women
NIAGARA FALLS -- An Internet acquaintance is being blamed for the theft early Saturday of items valued at nearly $2,200 owned by an Ontario woman and a girlfriend.
The victims, police said, came to Niagara Falls to meet the man, who had rented a room for the two in the Sunrise Motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard.
That evening, however, relations between the two women and the man soured.
Later, when they returned to their hotel room all their belongings were missing, including jewelry, passports, credit cards and a laptop computer.
Lawnmower damage blamed on a dispute
WILSON -- Niagara County sheriff's deputies said a dispute may have triggered vandalism Friday to the riding mower owned by a Lake Road man.
Deputies said gravel was dumped into the oil pan of the mower, causing engine damage estimated at $1,000.
Movie buffs return to vehicle break-ins
NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said two cars were broken into Friday night in the Regal Cinemas parking lot on Builder's Way.
A pickup owned by a South Avenue man was entered through a sliding window and a stereo system pulled from the dashboard, resulting in heavy damage.
Also stolen from the pickup was an iPod, police said.
The loss was placed at $900.
A passenger side window of a car owned by a Garrett Avenue woman was broken and a global positioning system and DVDs, with a total value of $480, were stolen, police said.
Two robbers flee with $425, painkillers
NIAGARA FALLS -- A 10th Street man was robbed of $425 and prescription painkillers Thursday night after stopping to light a cigarette for a man, police said. The victim told police he was approached by two men at Elmwood Avenue and 13th Street about d 8:30 p.m., when one asked for a light. As the victim lit the cigarette, police said, the other man pulled a knife. The bandits escaped with the money and about 90 hydrocodone pills.
Home break-in yields laptop and a monitor
NIAGARA FALLS -- A burglar breaking through a second-story window of a Byrd Avenue home overnight Friday made off with computer equipment, police said.
The resident was not at home at the time.
A laptop computer and a desktop monitor, with a total value of $1,500, were stolen.