Holdup joke not amusing to store employees, police
Saturday, Feb. 18
A man called from Sears at Eastern Hills Mall to report that his vehicle had been stolen. The man apparently forgot where he parked. The vehicle was located near J.C. Penney.
Deputies were called to the parking lot of Walmart for an incident of road rage. A female reported that a man in another vehicle made a threatening gesture toward her like he was going to shoot her. He left prior to police arrival.
Sunday, Feb. 19
Sheriff’s deputies responded to Sawmill Road at about 2 a.m. on the report of a vehicle sitting in the middle of the roadway racing its engine. Deputy Patrick McMahon found a damaged vehicle that had been abandoned. The vehicle had struck a fire hydrant on Stage Road, dragging the hydrant beneath it until the vehicle broke down. A 47-year-old Clarence man was arrested for driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, speeding and moving from lane unsafely. He took a breath test, which showed his blood alcohol content to be .13 percent.
Deputies responded to the parking lot of Famous Footwear on Transit Road for a report of a male who appeared to be sitting in a vehicle using drugs. The vehicle was gone when patrol arrived.
Monday, Feb. 20
A 21-year-old male from Buffalo was arrested following a traffic stop on Transit Road. He was charged with failure to signal intent to turn and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree.
A strong chemical smell was reported at a residence on Greenbriar Road. The fire department assisted in airing out the residence. National Fuel was notified as a precaution.
Tuesday, Feb. 21
Deputies were called to Michael Douglas Drive by a female who had locked herself in the basement of a residence while attempting to feed her friend’s dogs. The responding deputy unlocked the door.
Underage drinking was reported in the area of Hedgewood Drive. Patrol checked the area but did not locate anything.
Wednesday, Feb. 22
• A suspicious incident was reported by a resident of Fairlane Drive. A woman reported that her 15-year-old daughter had been followed by a male last night when she was jogging. The teenager was advised that it is unsafe to jog or walk alone.
Deputies responded to Cobblestone Drive for a burglar alarm. The front door of the residence was not secured. Patrol checked the residence for intruders and secured the door.
Thursday, Feb. 23
A two-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of County and Stahley roads. No injuries were reported. One driver was ticketed for failing to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic.
Deputies were called to Radio Shack on Transit Road on the report of an unruly customer. A male was screaming at employees and threatening people. He was upset about an advertised item not being in stock. The subject left before patrol arrived.
Friday, Feb. 24
A burglar alarm was reported at Sears at Eastern Hills Mall. An unsecured door was blown open by high winds.
A fire alarm was reported at a business on Transit Road. It had been set off by a smoke machine that a band was using.
Deputies were called to Sunoco on Transit Road for a report of customer trouble. According to store employees, a male walked into the store and stated, “This is a holdup!” The male then started laughing and said he was joking. He was strongly advised about such behavior and told not to return to the store.
(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual calls received by the New York State Police and Erie County Sheriff’s Office. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported.)