Feb. 21

A Buffalo couple told Niagara Falls police that property was stolen from their rental car overnight Thursday while it was in the valet parking lot at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. A cellphone and a pair of prescription eyeglasses were taken from the car sometime between 11 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Friday, police said, resulting in a loss of $285. Valet parking employees told police the car may have been left unlocked.


A burglar stole $480 in cash after breaking into a 19th Street apartment overnight Friday in Niagara Falls, police said.

A resident told police that someone entered the apartment through a side window between 5 p.m. Friday and 12:40 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to the money, which was taken from a bedroom, two cellphones were taken from a living room area. Total loss was estimated at about $700.

Feb. 23

An Ohio couple lost $100 to a thief while they were at a bar on First Street in Niagara Falls early Saturday, police said. The wife told police that two $50 bills were in her purse when she went to the bar shortly after midnight.

She said she left it on the bar momentarily when she went to check on a lottery ticket. Upon returning to her hotel room at about 1:30 a.m., she said, the money was missing from her purse.

March 1

Police in Niagara Falls arrested a Canadian woman Friday afternoon, accusing her of shoplifting $62 worth of liquor in her wheelchair. Lori-Ann Bowman, 47, of St. Catharines, Ont., was charged with petit larceny at Supermarket Liquors on Niagara Falls Boulevard. According to reports, Bowman, who is an amputee, tried to conceal several bottles of whiskey, rum and vodka inside a bag underneath her wheelchair. She was stopped after leaving the store at about 5:15 p.m.

• A resident of Chestnut Ridge Road, Gasport, was sleeping late Friday when he heard someone steal his Nissan pickup truck from his driveway, police said. It was just before midnight when the man heard the vehicle start and saw it being backed out of his driveway.

Sheriff’s deputies said the truck had been left unlocked in the driveway, with the ignition key atop a floor mat. An extensive search of the area was conducted but did not turn up the vehicle.

• Three juveniles nearly got away with throwing rocks and eggs at cars in a Cudaback Avenue parking lot Friday afternoon in Niagara Falls, but one ill-advised toss may have sealed their fate. A Toronto man called authorities after his 2003 Toyota was damaged by a rock at about 4 p.m. in the 1700 block of Cudaback Avenue. While officers were interviewing the man at the scene, an egg landed a short distance away, and police spotted a young man ducking into a nearby residence. Officers went to the house and interviewed the boy’s mother, who said that her son was inside with two friends. Police took all three back to the scene, where they were identified by two witnesses. The police Juvenile Aid Bureau is investigating the incident.

March 2

Police charged a Lockport teenager with assault early Saturday after a 14-year-old Newfane resident reported being assaulted at the Allie Brandt bowling lanes on Lincoln Avenue in the Town of Lockport.

The victim suffered several cuts around his mouth and was treated in an area hospital, sheriff’s deputies said. The suspect was tracked to his home, where police found him holding ice on hand injuries reportedly stemming from the fight. The suspect will be petitioned to Family Court.

• Police arrested a Tonawanda man for driving while intoxicated after a slow, short chase early Saturday in the Town of Niagara. Sheriff’s deputies said they spotted Dwayne T. Wright driving around the Niagara Falls International Airport parking lot at about 4 a.m., before moving on to another parking lot down the street.

When deputies put on their overhead lights and tried to stop Wright’s car, he reportedly drove off at slow speed, driving on the shoulder of the road for about 50 yards before stopping. The 49-year-old resident of Revere Avenue in the Town of Niagara was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to use a designated lane.