Weekly Feature

2017-07-13 / Police Blotter

Scam seeks iTunes cards to pay for Viagra

Sunday, July 2

A resident of Curley Drive said one section of the cover for the back of his pickup had been removed. The total price to fix the section is $980.

Tuesday, July 4

A resident of Butternut Circle reported the theft of a hanging flower basket. A neighbor also had the same issue.

Wednesday, July 5

A vehicle was pulled over for speeding on Abbott Road. The driver, an Orchard Park man, also had a suspended license. He was charged with speeding and aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree.

A resident of Sunset Terrace listed a cabinet for sale on Craigslist. He received a response from an interested buyer who wanted to send a check for $1,825 for the purchase and then send the remaining balance. This was a scam out of Texas. The individual received a check but didn’t cash it.

A Lackawanna man walking east on Southwestern Boulevard was struck by a car while crossing the road, throwing him into a grassy area near a parking lot. The man sustained cuts and bruises. There are no suspects at this time.

The brother of an Orchard Park man reported that his brother was missing. The man had taken a train to Chicago to meet a woman. The man contacted a friend and said it didn’t work out with the woman and he wanted to return home. The man is still missing. Chicago police and Amtrak in Chicago have also been contacted.

Thursday, July 6

A vehicle was stopped on Southwestern Boulevard for its inspection sticker not being up to date. Investigation showed the individual had a false sticker that belonged to a different vehicle. The Rochester woman was charged with uninspected vehicle and displaying a forged inspection sticker.

A Lexington Avenue resident said he received a phone call from a man who had a heavy Middle Eastern accent offering to sell him 100 Viagra tablets for $120. The unknown man requested payment in the form of iTunes gift cards. The man went to the store and bought $120 in iTunes gift cards. The unknown man told him not to buy any gift cards that were more than $100. The victim got a gift card for $120. When the victim gave the unknown man the number of the card over the phone, he became irate. He told him to go back to the store and get cards under $100. He went back to the store, and was told the business couldn’t do that. He then called his bank, which told him to file a police report.

Friday, July 7

A West Seneca woman allegedly stole sunglasses and jewelry from an Amelia Drive department store. The total cost of the items was a little more than $95. She was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree.

Sunday, July 9

Police responded to an accident on Carriage Drive. While conducting the investigation, police allegedly found two marijuana pipes with marijuana in them inside the center console. The driver, a West Seneca man, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Monday, July 10

An Orchard Park woman received a phone call that caller ID recognized as a Verizon number. The operator said the anti-virus software had not been installed on her computer. Before she hung up, she gave her name, address, date of birth and credit card information. The woman called Verizon after she hung up, and there was no record of the call. Her granddaughter checked the credit card account to find two purchases from Amazon totaling just under $300. They called the bank and stopped payment. There is no loss of funds at this time.

(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual calls received by the police department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported.)

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