Dec. 18

A Forest Parkway woman told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies that her Wheatfield house was burglarized while she was sleeping.

The 61-year-old woman said that sometime between 1:30 and 3 p.m., someone came into the apartment in the 3900 block of Forest Parkway and took $60 cash and a Toshiba Satellite Pro L850 computer with a wireless mouse and power cord. She told deputies that the door was unlocked in that time frame. Total loss $510.

• Police are investigating the blackmail attempt against a 56-year-old Collard Avenue resident.

The male victim told investigators that he had met a woman, claiming to be 24 years old, via “Quest Chatline” and that she had visited his home briefly Dec. 18. He gave her $200 before she left, investigators said, although denying that anything of a sexual nature had transpired between the two.

Three days later, the man received a call from the woman’s “mother,” claiming that the female was only 16 years of age and that the incident would be reported to police unless the victim paid the mother $1,400. The victim then contacted police, who are continuing to investigate.

Dec. 19

A Gasport man who drove his car into a ditch and then hit a mailbox after falling asleep at the wheel was charged with drunken driving.

Jonathan E. Fryer, 21, of Gill Road, was northbound on Lake Avenue in Lockport when he fell asleep and went off the road just after 1:30 a.m. Fryer’s vehicle went into a ditch and traveled 30 feet before hitting a mailbox in the 4400 block of Lake Avenue. He was not injured, according to deputies.

Fryer, who appeared intoxicated, admitted to drinking beer at Dave and Buster’s and South Transit Lanes, and was charged with driving while intoxicated after being found with a blood alcohol of 0.13 percent, which is above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Dec. 20

A Lockport woman’s purse was stolen from her shopping cart at the Tops Market on South Transit Road, sheriff’s deputies said.

The incident occurred at about 10:30 a.m. The Amelia Street resident reported losing a credit card and various personal effects in the theft, which was reported Sunday.

• A man who stole a tourist’s wallet at Prospect Point in Niagara Falls last year received a break in Niagara County Court.

Zachary D. Boos, 18, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls, originally was charged with a felony robbery count but was allowed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Boos, who at first denied stealing anything when questioned by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III, admitted taking the wallet Nov. 4, 2011, after a whispered conference with defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. Murphy scheduled sentencing for March 7.

• Amber Considine, 33, of North Marion Street, North Tonawanda, pleaded not guilty to an indictment accusing her of burglarizing her neighbor’s house May 27.

Considine pleaded not guilty to second-degree burglary and attempted petit larceny. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III kept her in the County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.

Dec. 21

An electrical short was cited as the possible cause of a fire that heavily damaged a 1996 GMC pickup truck belonging to a 69th Street man, Niagara Falls police said.

The vehicle was parked in the driveway at about 1:30 p.m. when passers-by reported spotting a large amount of smoke. Police alerted the owner, who was able to evacuate his adjacent home safely. There was no damage to the residence.

• An elderly resident told police that someone had smashed a side window to gain entrance to her garage and had stolen her $500 blower. The incident happened sometime between Thursday and Saturday. About $100 damage was done to the garage in the break-in.

A cellular telephone charger was stolen from a Hyde Park Boulevard woman’s car, Niagara Falls police said.

The car was parked unlocked in the 2700 block of Cleveland Avenue between 7 and 7:30 p.m. when the theft occurred, police said.

Dec. 22

A Mapleton Road man learned he had become a victim of credit card fraud when he was contacted by a parcel delivery company about an order he had not placed. The case was one of two investigated by sheriff’s deputies.

The victim contacted police after being called by a UPS driver to confirm his Pendleton address. After learning a package was being delivered to an address on Lincoln Place in Lockport, the victim contacted his credit card company and learned that a fraudulent purchase of $627 had been made using his card information.

Similarly victimized was a Corwin Road, Lockport, man, who learned that someone had fraudulently used his fiancee’s credit card information to make more than $300 worth of purchases in California. Both instances remain under investigation.

• Sheriff’s deputies said that 35 car batteries were stolen from a Balmer Road junkyard.

The theft was discovered shortly after 11 a.m. at Triple T Auto Parts. The stolen batteries were valued at $525.

• A rental television was among the items taken in a burglary at a Pierce Avenue residence, Niagara Falls police said.

A rear window was broken out to gain entry to the home. The homeowner told police the break-in occurred while he was out, between 10 and 10:45 p.m.

Items taken from the home included three video game systems, stolen from a living room, and $800 in cash, which was taken from a dresser drawer. In all, loss was set at $1,550.

• A 2004 Yamaha dirt bike valued at $2,500 was stolen sometime over the weekend from a barn on North Canal Road, sheriff’s deputies said. The landowner, a Grand Island man, told deputies the cycle was taken from an unlocked barn on the Lockport property, sometime between Friday and Sunday. A tenant reported hearing engine noises on one of those nights, and deputies said it appeared the vehicle had been driven from the scene.

Dec. 23

Grinches were busy throughout the city in the days leading up to Christmas, with several thefts reported.

An elderly Jerauld Avenue woman said that someone broke a window out of her car overnight Sunday, stealing a $30 dress and damaging the vehicle’s radio in the process.

A resident of Niagara Towers on Cedar Avenue reported that someone stole the license plate off her car and also removed the registration from the glove box. That incident occurred between midnight and 8 a.m. Monday.

Several gift items were taken from a Stephenson Avenue residence sometime over the weekend, police said. The items, including jewelry, gift packs, boots and a knife, belonged to a Youngstown woman and had been left at a former boyfriend’s home. Loss was set at $82.

Two residents of the Pelican Motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard told police that someone entered their room while they were out early Tuesday, stealing a box with two new pair of pants and $700 in cash, which had been left in a dresser drawer. A faulty door was blamed for allowing the thief entry.

A Lewiston man’s property was stolen from his unlocked car while it was parked in the Military Road lot of the Walmart Superstore between 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Monday, police said. A money order valued at $544 was removed from the victim’s wallet and taken, police said. A thief forced a lock on a storage shed at a 59th Street home and stole a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle valued at $800.

Dec. 24

More than $3,200 worth of tools, including a laser level valued at $750, were stolen from a locked van parked on 61st Street, Niagara Falls police reported. A passenger side door lock was removed to gain entry to the vehicle, according to reports. A tool box containing numerous tools was stolen, along with a floor nailer valued at $800.

Dec. 25

A house and car in the 600 block of 37th Street in Niagara Falls were damaged by BBs or pellets early Christmas morning, police said.

Two windows were damaged by gunshots, including a front-door window and a small bay window, police said. The rear window of a 2004 Kia parked in the driveway of the home was also shot out. In all, about $500 damage was done at the scene.