Niagara County sheriff’s deputies found a man hysterical at 7 a.m. Monday in a convenience store parking lot in the 6900 block of Ward Road claiming that a man had stolen his 1989 Ford Crown Victoria, but the victim became the suspect when a witness said there was no car.
Brian E. Schmiege, 26, of Balmer Road, Youngstown was charged by Niagara County sheriff’s deputies with falsely reporting an incident. He was held in Niagara County Jail on $500 bail after being arraigned in the Town of Wheatfield.
Schmiege said he had gone in the 7-Eleven to get a Slurpee and gave deputies a description of a man who took his car. Deputies said he was crying uncontrollably and hyperventilating. But a man who was working on the roof of the 7-Eleven said Schmiege walked to the store, crossing Niagara Falls Boulevard after leaving a bar in that area. The witness said there was no car and no suspect.
Schmiege admitted he lied, explaining that a friend took his car and he did not want to get his friend into trouble.
Niagara County sheriff’s units, New York State, Lewiston and Town of Niagara police had responded to the false call.