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Oct. 3

A vehicle had its rear window smashed while parked in the 400 block of Cedar Avenue in Niagara Falls.
The victim told police that someone smashed the window of his 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse when he left it parked behind his house overnight. Stolen were 35 Craftsman hand tools, valued at $1,000, as well as a $700 amplifier and $100 in cash. Total loss and damage $1,800.

Oct. 4

A Shawnee Road woman told police that someone stole a dehumidifier from her home. The woman told sheriff’s deputies that sometime between 8 a.m. and noontime, someone entered her front porch and removed the item, valued at $50.
• A man swallowed a ball of suspected narcotics during a routine traffic stop on Niagara Falls Boulevard, police said.
Levester J. Rose, 34, of Dudley Avenue, had been stopped for speeding just after 11 p.m., police said, and when officers approached the vehicle he was seen swallowing a baggie containing a white substance about the size of a ”large gumball,’’ police said.
That act earned Rose a charge of tampering with physical evidence. He was also charged with speeding, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, obstructing governmental administration, unlawful possession of marijuana and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Oct. 5

Barking dogs tipped a LaSalle-area woman to a theft attempt, police said.
The victim, an 81st Street resident, told police she did not investigate upon hearing her dogs barking between 12:15 and 12:30 a.m., but later discovered that someone had entered her unlocked car and removed a pair of portable DVD players valued at $160.
• A Ridge Road woman has been charged with theft of services for allegedly stealing electricity after power to her home was shut off in September.
Officials of National Grid confirmed that power to the Lockport home was cut on Sept. 27, but said that someone tampered with an electrical meter afterward, restoring electricity to the home. The theft was discovered on Friday, and Deborah J. Kennedy, 53, was charged following an investigation. A “”more permanent’’ shutoff procedure was then employed, deputies said.
• A Tonawanda man was robbed of his pet cat as he sat on a bench at the NFTA Metro Bus terminal on Portage Road, Niagara Falls police said.
The 41-year-old victim told police he was at the terminal just before 4 a.m. when a truck pulled up alongside and a man exited the passenger side. He grabbed the cat, named “”Smokes,’’ from the victim’s arms, got back into the truck and left the area.
The victim said he walked across a parking lot, at which time the truck returned and drove past him. The truck stopped and the passenger gave the man four cigarettes before driving off again.
• Niagara Falls police said that about $1,000 worth of copper plumbing was stolen from a vacant home in the 2700 block of South Avenue.
A caretaker for the property owner said the theft occurred sometime since Sept. 19, but was not discovered until Friday. It was not immediately known how access to the property was gained.

Oct. 6

A man reportedly fired several shots from a BB-type gun into a home in the 700 block of Pierce Avenue in an apparent dispute over money, Niagara Falls Police said.
A resident of the home told police a man banged on the door just after midnight, holding a handgun. He believed the man was looking for his roommate, who reportedly owes the man money, and told him to go home.
The resident then reported hearing as many as 15 shots, at least two of which went through a window and struck a 27-year-old woman sitting nearby in the arm, causing welts. She refused treatment. The gunman was gone when police arrived at the scene.
• A Lockport woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after striking a parked car in the 400 block of Fourth Street, Niagara Falls police said.
Police said the woman told them she had just returned from Canada, where she had been drinking, and was parking so her friend could visit a nearby tavern, when the accident occurred around 1:30 a.m.
Erika E. Tulley, 19, of Locust Street Extension, was charged with DWI, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and making an unsafe lane change. Police said she had a blood-alcohol content of 0.18, more than twice the legal limit.
• A Buffalo woman’s purse was stolen while she shopped at the DOTS clothing store on Niagara Falls Boulevard, according to Niagara Falls police reports.
The victim told police she was at the store around 7:30 p.m. and hung her purse on a clothing rack in order to try on some items. Other store patrons told the woman that three women, estimated to be in their 30s, grabbed the purse and fled the store.
The stolen purse contained $463 in cash, a cellphone, medications and credit cards, police said. Total loss was estimated at $748.

Oct. 8

A Niagara Falls woman said she was approached as she was walking on Niagara Falls Boulevard near the I-190 afternoon by two teens on bicycles who stopped her and then robbed her of her purse.
The 55-year-old woman said the boys both appeared to be about 16 years old and approached her at 4:20 p.m. as she walked along the south side of the road. She said one of the males stopped and asked her if she had a lighter, and she said when she opened her purse the other teen pushed her down to the ground. She said she held onto her purse, but the teen who pushed her down then grabbed the purse from her.
The victim said she injured her shoulder and neck in the robbery. The purse contained $80 in cash and personal papers, according to police. The woman was treated at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston for her injuries, police said.
• Three vehicles left unlocked in driveways in the 5600 block of Leete Road in Lockport were broken into earlier this week and one of the vehicles, a sport utility vehicle, was taken on a joy ride after the owner left the keys to the unlocked vehicle in the SUV’s cup holder.
A woman told police that her 2012 Ford Escape was stolen from the driveway sometime between 1 and 5 a.m. The vehicle was located around 9 a.m. in a City of Lockport parking lot as Niagara County sheriff’s deputies were taking the report from the victim. No damages were reported.
She said a GPS, a Nintendo DS game system and her prescription glasses were stolen.
Her husband said his unlocked vehicle also was entered and $500 worth of tools, an MP3 player and two cartons of cigarettes were stolen.
A Leete Road neighbor told deputies that his unlocked minivan had a GPS stolen from the center console. Also stolen was a green bicycle with a water bottle.

Oct. 9

A 57-year-old 13th Street man told Niagara Falls police that someone ripped a purse from his shoulder as he walked down 20th Street.
The victim said at 9 p.m. he was in the 800 block of 20th Street when a man ran past him and forcibly stole the purse, ripping the shoulder strap. The purse contained identification, a bank card, and a benefits card.
• A Lockport man accused in a hit and run was stopped and found with a small amount of crack cocaine, according to Lockport police.
Justin J. Snead, 21, of Lincoln Place was stopped at 8:20 p.m. on Cottage Street and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, leaving the scene and operating a motor vehicle without a valid license. Police also confiscated $230.
The victim said a white Dodge Durango hit his vehicle on Spruce Street and left, damaging his vehicle’s front quarter panel.
Snead admitted to leaving the scene but told police he had given the victim $400 and asked him not to call police.
• A Lockport man who admitted to selling drugs to an undercover informant pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in Niagara County Court.
Nathaniel D. Smith, 32, of Lock Street, was accused of selling morphine to an informant on Jan. 11 and 12 and had faced two charges of third-degree sale of controlled substance, but in the plea he was allowed to plead guilty to the lesser charge and admitted to selling the drug on Jan. 11.
He will be sentenced on Jan. 8.
• A man in the 2300 block of Lake Road in Porter told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies that his house was broken into while he was out of town.
The 37-year-old victim said he was working out of town for most of September and on Monday found a side door left open. He said he searched the house and found that a Les Paul electric guitar, valued a $800, was taken from the family room as well as a Wii game system and several games. A .22 caliber shotgun was stolen from the garage and a box of ammunition that was behind a work bench. Nothing else was disturbed.
The victim said the locks on the house do not secure properly.

Oct. 10

Asad R. Hixon, 21, of Dudley Avenue, Niagara Falls, became the third man to plead guilty in connection with a Dec. 9, 2010, burglary at a home on Cayuga Drive in the Falls.
Hixon admitted to attempted third-degree burglary and was scheduled for sentencing Dec. 5 by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas. Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said she will recommend a year in the County Jail, but the legal maximum is four years in state prison.
Two other men previously pleaded guilty to the same charge before Niagara Falls City Judge Angelo J. Morinello. Joseph L. Burton, 22, of Ely Avenue, is to be sentenced Dec. 20, while a 20-year-old Buffalo Avenue man, who was 18 at the time of the crime, was granted youthful offender status.