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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, Dec. 22 to 25

>Dec. 22

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- Investigators are trying to connect a large deposit of coins at a South Transit Road coin-counting machine to a break-in that occurred less than an hour before.

A home on Kinne Road was entered sometime between 12:30 and 5 p.m., sheriff's deputies said. A resident returning home found his kitchen window had been broken out and several items had been stolen, including three bottles full of assorted coins. Investigators later learned that a man and woman cashed in more than $527 in coins at a Coinstar location at about 5:50 p.m. A photograph of the couple was obtained, and police are hoping it will help them crack the burglary case.

In addition to the coins, deputies said, a jewelry box and silver necklace were removed from the home, along with a black powder handgun. Total value of the stolen items was listed in excess of $1,000.

A Newfane resident faces three charges, including driving while intoxicated and drinking an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, after sheriff's deputies stopped his car on Lake Road in Wilson just before 7 p.m.

Charles R. Jufer, 59, of West Main Street, told deputies he was returning from dinner and drinks at an area tavern when he was stopped. Deputies also reported finding an open water bottle containing a vodka-based drink within arm's reach of the driver's seat of the car. Jufer, who registered a 0.08 reading on a Breathalyzer test, was also charged with speeding and faces a Wilson Town Court appearance.

A Town of Lockport man told sheriff's deputies that someone stole two prescription bottles containing more than 100 painkillers after breaking into his Lockwood Drive home. Entry to the home was made between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. through an unlocked front door, deputies said. A bottle of hydrocodone tablets was taken, along with a prescription for Opana, according to reports. Also stolen were a pair of X-Box video game cartridges the victim had purchased for his grandson. Overall loss was set at $40.


>Dec. 23

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police followed a trail of discarded Christmas wrapping paper Friday to collect clues to a burglary and a purse-snatching.

The burglary occurred at a Tronolone Place residence, where a woman returning from lunch at about 1:30 p.m. Friday discovered that someone broke the glass from a side door and burglarized the home, going through dresser drawers and stealing gifts from beneath a Christmas tree, including electronics, clothing and jewelry valued at more than $600.

In an alley behind the home, investigators followed a trail of discarded wrapping paper to a nearby recycling bin, where they recovered stolen clothing and a wallet and purse taken in a purse-snatching a short time earlier on Pine Avenue.

Two juveniles made off with the purse containing $200 in cash, a cellular telephone and a bottle containing hydrocodone tablets.


GASPORT -- More than $1,500 worth of valuables were stolen from a Hartland Road garage recently, sheriff's deputies reported.

The locked garage was entered sometime between midnight and 11 a.m. Friday, according to reports. In addition to a 32-inch television, the thief stole a laptop computer and a surround-sound system. A car parked in the garage was also rummaged through, with a pack of cigarettes stolen, deputies said.


>Dec. 24

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- An electrical multi-meter valued at $300 was stolen from a car parked at a Lockport Avenue residence Christmas Eve morning, sheriff's deputies said.

The unlocked vehicle was entered between midnight and noon while parked in the driveway of the home, deputies said. About $50 in cash was also removed from the vehicle.


>Dec. 25

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Michigan Avenue man lost his wallet when someone broke into his unlocked pickup truck overnight Sunday, police reported.

The vehicle was parked outside the victim's home between 4 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 a.m. Monday when someone entered it and took the wallet, which contained credit cards and other personal effects, police said.