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Thieves steal Christmas from families in Buffalo

Real-life Grinches wrested Christmas from City of Buffalo children in recent days.

Buffalo police reports Friday noted at least four burglaries that led to the theft of more than $10,000 worth of Christmas gifts and other items from local families Thursday and early today.

Two of the burglaries occurred just a few doors apart on South Division Street, with others on South Park Avenue and Humason Avenue, off Genesee Street.

The thieves gained entry by forcing or kicking in doors.

In one case, a kitchen window screen was cut.

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Warning issued in Evans on man approaching boy

Evans police are warning residents there that a suspicious male approached a 7-year-old boy and asked him for help in locating a lost dog Wednesday afternoon.

The man, described as young, possibly with a beard, approached the boy while in his vehicle at about 4:15 p.m. in the Point Breeze area of Evans.

Police have asked residents to report any such suspicious person to them and to speak with their children about dealing with strangers.

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Tractor stolen in March tracked down to Wainfleet

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A $112,000 Caterpillar tractor stolen in March from a construction site in Niagara Falls, Ont., was recovered Thursday at a rural residence in Wainfleet, police said.

David Boucock, 47, was charged with possession of property obtained by crime, police said.

The 2007-model tractor was reported stolen March 15.

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Fashion apparel stolen from store window display

A Buffalo man took window shopping to the next level, police said Friday.

Dion B. Crowder reached into a broken window at the Rainbow Store on the 100 block of Grant Street and grabbed a dress, shirt and shorts, total value $42, but his illegal shopping trip was cut short by Northwest District Officer James Hummel, authorities said.

Hummel spotted Crowder, who fit the description of the thief, walking along the 200 block of nearby Parkdale Street at about 7:40 p.m. Thursday and arrested him, police said.

Crowder was charged with burglary, criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.

Officer Karl Gibas assisted in the arrest.

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Drunken-driving charge lodged in hit-run crash

LOCKPORT -- A Town of Lockport man was charged with driving while intoxicated after a hit-and-run crash on Dysinger Road at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday, state police said Friday.

Beau M. Ceisner, 19, of Tonawanda Creek Road North, called the Niagara County Sheriff's Office to report he had hit a deer, but when state police arrived at his residence, he admitted to striking a motor vehicle and fleeing, Trooper Rebecca Gibbons said.

State police were aware of the crash after discovering a vehicle in a ditch on the south side of Dysinger.

Star Hentz, who was in the stranded vehicle, told troopers she had been rear-ended by a dark-colored pickup, which turned on to nearby Raymond Road. Ceisner placed his call to the Sheriff's Office a short while later, Gibbons said.

Hentz was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Ceisner also was charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident and following too closely, Gibbons said.

He is scheduled to appear in Town of Lockport Court at 7 p.m. Jan. 4.

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Buffalo student faces drug, weapons charges

A Buffalo high school student was arrested earlier this week for bringing marijuana and a knife to school, authorities said Friday.

Jenell K. Carson, 16, of the 300 block of Davidson Avenue, was carrying five small plastic bags of marijuana and a red-handled knife with a 2-inch blade in the pocket of his pullover shirt, according to Northwest District Officer Valerie Stover Kelly.

Credited with finding the contraband after getting the tip was school security officer Kevin Burke, who searched the student at about 1 Thursday afternoon, police said.

Carson was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of marijuana.

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Tinted windows lead police to drug suspect

A motorist driving a car with heavily tinted windows ended up in even bigger trouble when Buffalo police stopped him early Friday at Tonawanda Street and Hertel Avenue, authorities said.

Dario Rivera, 30, of the first block of Dart Street, was charged with driving with a suspended license and possession of two plastic bags of marijuana, containing about 7 grams, Officer Maurice Foster said.

The traffic stop occurred at about 12:15 a.m. Assisting in the arrest were Officers Brandon Hawkins and Joe Mihalics.

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