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From the blotter / Police calls and court cases, Sept. 12 to Sept. 18

Sept. 12

• A Niagara County Community College student told police that her bag was stolen recently after being inadvertently left behind in a dorm room at the Saunders Settlement Road campus.

The victim, a resident of St. Albans, said that she left the bag in one of two dorm rooms she had visited Wednesday and that several people would have had an opportunity to have taken it. The bag held a wallet with $80, a store gift card, a debit card, an NCCC food card and other personal belongings, said sheriff's deputies, who estimated the value at $258.

The thief began using the card at about 6:30 a.m. and charged numerous purchases over the next hour, including several at a local Walmart store, running up a total of $337 in purchases. An ATM card was also tried, unsuccessfully.
The thief's luck may be running out, however, as police said his image was captured on Walmart security videos, and investigators are attempting to determine his identity.


Sept. 15

• Niagara Falls police investigated burglaries at two city businesses Saturday.

Someone pried open a side door to gain entry to the Island Style Restaurant on West Market Street. Items stolen included a video game machine, a commercial stainless steel sink and a commercial coffee maker. Several beverages were also reported stolen. The break-in, which occurred sometime after 6:30 p.m. Friday, resulted in a loss of about $660.

Sometime between 1:45 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, someone forced open a door at the Border Inn on Niagara Falls Boulevard, damaging the door frame in the process. Police said that $50 was stolen from a cash drawer in the motel lobby.


Sept. 16

• A Buffalo man was stopped by Niagara County sheriff's deputies Sunday in Wheatfield and found with two open beer cans in his center console.

Deputies responded to a reckless driver call and stopped James P. Brennan, 21, of Winterwood Court, at 4:20 p.m. Sunday in the 6900 block of Lake Geneva Court.

H was charged with drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated.

Brennan told deputies that he had a couple of drinks at Crazy Jake's in North Tonawanda and had been dropping off a friend.


Sept. 17

• The owner of an orchard in the 100 block of Youngstown-Lockport Road told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that someone broke into his 250-gallon tank sometime overnight.

Owner Neal Shippy, of Shippy Orchards, said an unknown person had broken the locking mechanism on the large gas tank, and once it was unlocked was able to pump fuel from the tank, which is used to fuel farm equipment and is located in the rear of the property.

He said that he believes that 30 gallons of gasoline, valued at $135, was stolen.


Sept. 18

• A metal fence and posts that surround a South Transit Road bargain outlet store in Lockport were found damaged Tuesday, and the owner said he suspects someone may have planned to come back and break in.

The owner of Grossman's Bargain Outlet at 5770 South Transit Road contacted the Niagara County Sheriff Department Tuesday to report $1,000 damage overnight to the metal fence and posts that surround a rear storage yard.