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Note to crooks: If you're going to steal something from Buffalo Place, don't try to sell it back to a Buffalo Place employee who knows about the theft. Buffalo Place personnel notified Buffalo Police one day last month that someone had entered the concession stand at Rotary Rink without permission and damaged the door. Cash, an iPad, a point-of-sale machine, ice skates,…

Crime

Some $500 worth of cigars were stolen from a Family Dollar store on Broadway early Friday, Buffalo police said. Someone broke into the store, at 1770 Broadway, next to a vacant former Tops supermarket, through the rear door, police said. The suspect then broke a display case – valued at $250 – containing tobacco products and stole about $500 worth of cigars. The thie…

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A Riverside resident appears to have interrupted a burglar in her home early Saturday – only to have her vehicle stolen as the getaway car. The woman was returning to her home in the 300 block of Skillen Street early Saturday from her next-door neighbor's residence when she noticed the light in the rear of the home was on, according to Buffalo police. Inside the hous…

Crime

A Broadway Taxi driver reported being robbed by a fare late Friday near Bailey Avenue in Buffalo, police said. The driver told police he picked up two men on Roslyn Avenue at 11:45 p.m. and drove them to Dorris Avenue. Upon arrival, one of the two men put an object to the back of the driver's head that the driver believed to be a gun, police said. The thief took $120 fr…

Crime

More than $10,000 worth of home equipment, including a furnace and hot water tank, was reported stolen from a Harvard Place house, Buffalo police said. The owner of the property told Buffalo police that someone damaged the rear door while breaking into the home, near Lafayette Avenue, sometime between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Items reported stolen inclu…

Crime

A North Tonawanda woman and a Buffalo man were injured in an overnight shooting early Sunday in Buffalo. Police are investigating the incident, which occurred just before 12:50 a.m., when Northeast District officers responded to a report that shots were fired near Pannell and East Amherst streets in the Central Park neighborhood just east of Main Street. A short whil…

Crime

A burglar at a Buffalo convenience store ended up with an ambulance ride. Buffalo police responded to an alarm/burglary in progress call at 3:46 a.m. Sunday at the Walden Convenient Store, on Walden Avenue near Bailey Avenue, and found a suspect lying on the floor near the entrance. Police said the man had entered the store through the roof but fell through the ceiling,…

Crime

An unknown gunman fired at the natural gas meter of a Black Rock residence Sunday morning, Buffalo police said. The driver of a black SUV stopped in front of the Austin Street home shortly before 9 a.m. and fired 10 rounds, attempting to strike a gas meter, police said. One of four meters at the residence was struck and was leaking gas. National Grid workers replaced…

Crime

Two people who thought they were meeting up with a person who wanted to buy their iPhones got robbed at knifepoint Thursday afternoon in separate incidents outside a North Buffalo home, according to two police reports. In both cases, the victims told police they exchanged Facebook messages with a man who told them to come to a house on Homer Avenue, just north of Hertel…

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Police charged a North Tonawanda man following an alleged "road rage" incident Thursday morning in the City of Tonawanda. Tyler J. Lichtenberger, 21, was charged with reckless driving after City of Tonawanda police said he instigated a confrontation with another driver in a situation involving a female. Lichtenberger, of Fifth Avenue, was accused of crossing over the…

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A 15-year-old female student was charged Wednesday with threatening to bring an AK-47 to Frederick Law Olmsted School at Kensington, according to a Buffalo police report. The student made the threat during gym class, a witness told police, according to the report. The alleged threat involved bringing the assault rifle to the school today. School administrators were i…

Crime

Buffalo police are looking into whether three robberies at 7-Eleven stores in North Buffalo and the Elmwood Village over about two hours early Monday morning are linked. In all three cases, the suspect either stole or attempted to steal prepaid debit cards, according to three Buffalo police reports. The first robbery happened at 1:10 a.m. at the convenience store at …

Crime

A man was stabbed Monday afternoon on Main Street in downtown Buffalo, according to a police report. The victim told police he was standing in front of the M&T Bank building at 345 Main St. talking with his cousin at about 4:10 p.m. when an unknown attacker started hitting him. The victim told officers he felt dizzy while crossing the street and sat down in front…

Courts

Yuriy Bruks called 911 the morning his wife was found dead inside their Cheektowaga home on Aug. 4, prosecutors said. And it was not until the next day when an autopsy was performed that authorities realized Tetiana Bruks died of blunt force trauma to her head, neck and torso. In the meantime, Bruks was able to get back into his house to get his passport and laptop a…