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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls and court cases, Feb. 15 to 21

> Feb. 15

Drywall in the kitchen and hallway ceiling were damaged after someone stole the copper pipes from a vacant house in the 1700 block of Willow Avenue.

The property manager told police on Wednesday that sometime after Feb. 4, about $300 worth of pipes were removed from the kitchen and the hallway, causing $1,200 in damage to the drywall. Copper pipes were also removed from the basement near the water heater. Police said there was no sign of forced entry.

In an unrelated theft, copper was stolen from a basement in a vacant house in the 400 block of Fourth Street sometime overnight, the manager told police Wednesday. A door to the basement was forced open and $200 worth of copper pipes and a cast iron sink valued at $100 were stolen.

> Feb. 16

Arson was suspected after a parked car was found on fire in an alley in the 1800 block between Pierce and Willow avenue just before 4 a.m.

The 2008 Dodge Magnum, valued at $10,000, was found fully engulfed in flames, and some minor damage was reported to the nearby garage, police said.

The owner told police that he was staying overnight with a family member and left the car parked legally in the alley at 1 a.m. He said the passenger window was broken and could not be closed, allowing someone access to the inside of the car to start a fire.

ROYALTON -- A Medina man driving erratically on Rochester Road was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Andrew R. Burtwell, 36, of Maple Ridge Road was stopped at 2 a.m. and additionally charged with failure to use a designated lane after Niagara County sheriff's deputies said they saw him swerving and crossing the fog line multiple times.

Burtwell told deputies that he had been at a local bar where he had a "few shots and a few beers." Deputies said he was found to have a blood alcohol level of .12 percent, which is above the legal limit of .08 percent.

> Feb. 17

Nearly $8,000 worth of tools and equipment were reported stolen from a Niagara Falls city parks storage building on Robbins Drive Friday.

City workers told police that sometime overnight someone broke through a window and used bolt cutters to cut locks on lockers and locked rooms. Stolen were chain saws, a gas tank from a work van, and $5,000 worth of tools, police said.

Many of the items had "Property of Niagara Falls" stickers on them.

LOCKPORT -- An Old Upper Mountain Road resident learned his car was stolen after being notified police found the vehicle in a roadside ditch Friday morning.

The 1999 Pontiac had been stolen from the victim's driveway sometime between 3:30 a.m., when he returned home from work, and 10:30 a.m., when Amherst police located the mud-covered vehicle abandoned in a ditch off the Millersport Highway. Police said the car received minor front-end damage.

> Feb. 18

An evicted tenant is accused of stealing a stove and refrigerator from a Sixth Street residence after leaving the property, police said. The appliances, valued at $500, were taken sometime over the past week, according to the landlord. The tenant had only lived at the address for six months prior to being evicted, and was told not to remove any of the property. The landlord was advised to seek an arrest warrant.

Three handguns and ammunition, valued at more than $1,000, were stolen in a burglary from a home in the 2700 block of Monroe Avenue over the weekend.

The 77-year-old victim told police that when he arrived home late Saturday night, two men were coming out the side door of his apartment. He said when he yelled they ran. Police checking the area were unable to locate the suspects. A window in a side door was smashed to gain entry, police said.

Stolen were three handguns, valued at $975, four boxes of ammunition, and a bank book. Loss and damages were over $1,200.

> Feb. 19

RANSOMVILLE -- A Dorwood Park resident, who looks after her grandchildren and several other kids from the neighborhood, told police that someone stole $1,050 from a bedroom lockbox inside her home. The victim believes that one of her grandchildren's friends may have been responsible for the theft, which occurred sometime over the past week. An investigation is continuing.

> Feb. 21

A metal cash box containing $15,000 was stolen from the storage room of a gas station in the 6300 block of Buffalo Avenue.

Police responding to a burglar alarm, just after 3 a.m., found that someone had entered by breaking through the drywall into a bathroom and then entered the storage room. Water lines were broken, causing flooding in the bathroom and storage room. An electrical meter also was broken. Damage to the structure was listed at $2,000.

The owner said the cash box containing $15,000 was taken from a back storeroom. He also found several packs of cigarettes on the floor, but told police he was unsure if any had been taken.