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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Teens attack boy, 12, and steal his bicycle

NIAGARA FALLS -- Four teens jumped a 12-year-old boy and stole his bicycle as he was headed to a Buffalo Avenue store at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Niagara Falls police said.

The victim was kicked and knocked from his bicycle, which was found abandoned a short time later, police said. The victim was not seriously injured, police added.

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Warrant issued for arrest of convenience store clerk

WHEATFIELD -- An arrest warrant has been issued for a woman who employed an elaborate scheme to steal $108 on her first day of work at a River Road convenience store, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

The woman, who was working alone in the CITGO/Jolly Rogers outlet Wednesday evening, disabled the computerized display screen of her cash register but continued to cash out customers using a calculator while ringing up a voided sale to retrieve change from the cash register, deputies said.

She used money collected from the voided transactions to purchase scratch-off lottery tickets, and pocketed the winnings -- $108 by the end of the shift, deputies said.

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Gasport car break-ins probed by deputies

GASPORT -- Niagara County sheriff's deputies investigated two car break-ins early Saturday.

A global positioning system and iPod charger valued at $300 were stolen from car parked in front of a Central Avenue home.

A laptop computer, printer, global positioning system and credit cards were stolen from the unlocked car of a Church Street resident. The loss was placed at $3,400.

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Brazen thief steals purse of 12th Street woman

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman's purse was stolen shortly after noon Friday as she unloaded groceries from her car in the garage at the rear of her 12th Street home, police said.

Police said a man grabbed the purse from a cabinet and fled through backyards.

The purse contained credit cards and more than $1,000 in cash, police said.

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Police thwart theft of generator from trailer

NIAGARA FALLS -- A North Tonawanda man is accused of breaking into a construction trailer at Hilton Avenue and Main Street early Saturday.

Police alerted to two men loading a generator into a pickup shortly after 1 a.m. stopped the vehicle nearby, and one of the suspects fled from the scene. He has been identified and is being sought by police.

Jeffrey W. Brown, 43, of Thompson Street, was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree grand larceny.

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Video may hold key to burglar's identity

NIAGARA FALLS -- A neighbor's video surveillance camera may have captured the image of a burglar leaving a 16th Street home Friday afternoon, police said.

The burglar, who climbed to the roof and entered the home through a rear window, made off with a plasma TV and jewelry. The loss was estimated at $12,000.

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Whitney Avenue home is target of $5,000 theft

NIAGARA FALLS -- Items valued at more than $5,000 were stolen from a Whitney Avenue home early Saturday, police said.

Jewelry, clothing, a TV set, PlayStation 3 video game console, Rolex watch, diamond ring and $120 in cash were stolen, police said. The break-in occurred between 3 and 6:30 a.m., police said.

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Traffic stop on Grand Island leads to drug charges

A traffic stop at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday on Grand Island led to the arrest of a Niagara Falls man for narcotics possession.

Robert Z. Kresman, 28, of Cleveland Avenue, was stopped by Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Imiolo on the Niagara Thruway. Imiolo discovered Kresman had a gram of powdered cocaine and a small sandwich bag of marijuana, deputies said.

Kresman was charged with a felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, a violation.

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Police probe shooting of man, 34, in Amherst

A 34-year-old man was found with several bullet wounds as Amherst police responded to a report of shots fired on Allenhurst Road early Saturday.

Police arrived in the 500 block of Allenhurst at about 1:20 a.m. The victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center.

A dark-colored SUV was seen leaving the area shortly after the report of gunshots.

The victim's name is not being released pending notification of his family.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Amherst police at 689-1322.

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