Weekly Feature

2010-08-26 / Police Blotter

Scammers calls claim to be from Cattaraugus Bank

(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual, sometimes humorous calls received by the police department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported. Residents can report incidents to the West Seneca Police Department by calling its anonymous tip line at 675-8423.)

Friday, Aug. 13

• A woman on Indian Church Road returned home to find her TV on and two cell phones missing from her bedroom.

Total calls received: 76

Saturday, Aug. 14

• Patrol stopped a male resident on Union Road for illegal window tinting, and found the driver’s license was suspended.

• An Orchard Park woman was caught attempting to steal $846.70 worth of goods from Wegmans on Orchard Park Road.

• An unknown male backed his pickup into a parked vehicle on Mt. Vernon Street and shattered its window, bent the door frame and also dented the driver-side rear quarter panel. The suspect fled when neighbors ran to the scene.

Total calls received: 87

Sunday, Aug. 15

• An entry door and two lights were damaged at the Soccer Complex on Seneca Street. A large steel bench from another area of the complex was found to be moved adjacent to a damaged entry door and is thought to have been used as a battering ram in an effort to gain entry.

• A woman’s purse containing several credit cards was stolen off a Thomas Drive porch. The victim stated that an unknown person was walking past her house numerous times earlier that day before the incident.

• A male was caught attempting to steal several items from Tops on Orchard Park Road. Upon patrol arrival, the suspect went back into the store, left the goods at the checkout counter and lied to the officers about having them in his possession.

Total calls received: 73

Monday, Aug. 16

• A Seneca Street man reported finding the lock and doors to a vinyl shed damaged, estimated to cost $300. Several items were removed, but all were recovered along the rear of the property.

• Five lawn ornaments worth $50 each were removed from a Chamberlin Drive residence.

• A Klas Avenue man reported two lawn ornaments missing from his front yard.

• Two unknown male subjects reportedly stole $380.82 worth of Enfamil from Wegmans on Orchard Park Road.

• A lawn mower worth $800 was taken from a Main Street residence. It was temporarily being stored beneath a tarp in the driveway due to garage sale items being stored inside the garage.

Total calls received: 67

Tuesday, Aug. 17

• A Chamberlin Drive man had several items removed from his two unlocked, unoccupied vehicles sometime over night. Stolen items include various credit cards, cash, a driver’s license and Global Positioning System unit.

• Three vehicles parked on Seneca Street were reportedly ransacked sometime overnight; however, no items were thought to be missing.

• Two GPS units, a garage door opener and digital camera were taken from a locked vehicle on Chamberlin Drive. The value of the missing items totaled about $720.

• A woman on Indian Church Road received a recorded message, allegedly from Cattaraugus Bank, stating that her credit card had been canceled due to a security breach. The message asked for further information before the victim hung up. She does not have such an account with the bank.

• A lawn trailer worth $240 was removed from the backyard of a Seneca Street residence.

• A solar light was taken from an Edson Street lawn.

• Patrol stopped a vehicle with suspended registration on Union Road.

• A Union Road woman received roughly four phone calls from a “1-234-567-890” number on her cell phone. The caller left one message asking the victim to call back with credit card information to verify that fraudulent charges were made to her account.

• Patrol stopped a vehicle with a loud exhaust on Delray Avenue and found the female driver to have a suspended license.

• A woman on Hybank Drive received a computer-generated phone call from a 1-234-567-890 number, stating that her account with Cattaraugus County Bank had been compromised. The victim does not have an account with that bank, and was asked to enter her 16-digit account number before she hung up.

Total calls received: 64

Wednesday, Aug. 18

• Patrol stopped a motorist on Union Road because the front license plate was hanging off the vehicle. A computer check revealed the driver had a suspended license.

• A female suspect knocked a street sign off its post turning off Kirkwood onto Seneca Street. Police located the subject due to finding a license plate that was left at the scene. The female told police she fled because she “didn’t know what to do.”

• Patrol stopped a West Seneca man who attempted to steal nearly $390 worth of goods from Wegmans on Orchard Park Road.

• A student’s bicycle was removed from the bike rack at East Middle School while she was inside taking an exam.

• A woman on Union Road received an automated voice message from a “1-234-567-890” number that was allegedly from Cattaraugus Bank. The caller discussed a fraud alert and asked for the woman’s account number(s) and information.

Total calls received: 61

Thursday, Aug. 18

• A Klas Avenue woman reported two BMX bikes were removed from her property sometime overnight.

• A female resident had her bicycle stolen while shopping at the Dollar Tree on Seneca Street.

• A Buffalo female reported that her cell phone was removed from a locked locker on Empire Drive.

Total calls received: 65

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