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Police blotter from the Feb. 6 edition of The Sun



Evans man steals vehicle

A complainant told the town of Evans Police Department that his 2013 Ford Focus was missing from his driveway.

Patrick Isenhart, 22, of Evans was already in police custody and had been operating the vehicle in question. The victim presented to the Evans Police Department, to file a supporting deposition and criminal charges for the offense.

Isenhart was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle without the owner’s consent. At the arraignment, his bail was set at $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash, and the offender was transported to the Erie County Holding Center.

Man arrested for loitering

Town of Hamburg Police Officer Joseph Bloom was told that Richard Galasso, 49, of the town of Hamburg parked his vehicle in the driveway of Brook Garden Mobile Home Park to impede traffic, on Jan. 18.

It was reported that the subject stopped vehicles that entered or exited the park, and asked the drivers for money. If the individuals did not have cash on them, Galasso asked them to go home and get money.

The reporting individual said that she found this scenario alarming, and that she feared for her safety.

Police found the subject blocking the driveway; Galasso admitted to stopping cars and begging for money.

The suspect was arrested and charged with loitering. He was ordered to appear in court.

Hamburg police investigate grand larceny

The town of Hamburg Police Department was informed that a Cheektowaga resident’s wallet was stolen. The individual said that she was at the McKinley Mall cinema watching a movie. At some point during the movie, a female in the row behind her was crawling on the floor. The victim said that she assumed the other female had lost something, but later realized that her wallet was missing.

The victim could not give Officer James Lichon a description of the other female, because it was dark in the theater. Police and mall security checked the trash cans in the cinema and parking lot for the wallet, but could not locate it.

There were no video cameras in the establishment, and no record of purchases, according to security.

Police advised the victim to cancel her account, to avoid use on her card, and to stop an identity theft. Grand larceny applies for the debit card theft, and petit larceny for the wallet and driver’s license.

Four arrested after stop

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Krypel stopped a vehicle operated by 29-year-old Brandi White of Buffalo, in North Collins.

A department of motor vehicles check showed that White’s license had been suspended three times.

The subject was arrested for aggravated, unlicensed operation, as well as unlawful possession of marijuana. She was turned over to the town of Cheektowaga Police Department on an outstanding bench warrant from Cheektowaga.

A passenger in White’s car, 55-year-old Angela Boyd Bell, was arrested and turned over to the city of Buffalo on an arrest warrant.

Another passenger and the registered owner of the car, 54-year-old Donald Truitt of Grand Island, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and released on a ticket, to appear in the town of North Collins Court at a later date.

Man injured while hiking

Erie County Sheriff’s deputies Doug Grube and Jon Hanna responded to a 911 call of a male who was hiking and fell down a ravine into a creek in the area of Boston State and Liebler roads on Jan. 21, striking his head and having a possible broken leg and frostbite.

A search of the area was conducted by the Erie County Sheriff’s patrol units, sheriff and fire ATV units and sheriff’s SWAT Team, with assistance from the New York State Police patrol units, Boston fire departments, Boston EMS and the Hamburg STAR team.

The victim, 35-year-old Benjamin Krencik of Boston, made his way from the ravine and walked to the New York State Police’s Boston barracks, where Boston Emergency Services personnel transported him to a hospital, with non-life threatening injuries.

Residents warned to lock all car doors

The town of Hamburg Police Department has warned local residents to lock their car doors at all times, to prevent theft.

According to Captain Kevin Trask, suspects’ walking down streets and pulling on car handles to see if doors will open has become a regular occurrence.

The theft of a credit card from a car on Brian Court was reported on Jan. 29. The owner of the card was informed that the card had been used twice, since an unknown individual stole it from her car.

Several other vehicles were also entered on the night in question, including a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox.

The owner of this car reported the theft of $25 in cash, a credit card, candy and $196 worth of clothing.

A camouflage jacket worth $250 was stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the same area, while a separate car was entered, but was not found to be missing any items.

During the same evening, a subject entered an unlocked vehicle on Robin Lane, and stole a $27 Tim Horton’s card.

Several unlocked cars were also entered by unknown subjects on Victorian Drive, on the same evening.

Stolen items included two GPS devices, a GPS holder, money and a lottery ticket.

Items worth a combined $264 were taken from unlocked vehicles on Victorian Drive.

Every car that’s open is rifled for valuables,” Trask warned. “It takes a short amount of time and there is very little to follow up on. It’s truly a crime of opportunity and [is] preventable.”

Evans man arrested for burglary and trespass

Evans patrolman Joseph LaRosa and Graig Leone were informed that Patrick Isenhart had entered a Shorecliff Road residence, uninvited.

The complainant was asleep and was awakened by the sound of the front door’s opening. He told police that he came out of his bedroom and saw Isenhart standing inside the residence. He reported that he yelled at the subject, who ran outside and entered a vehicle parked on the road.

The victim said that he was familiar with Isenhart and believed that the offender was in the residence with the intent to steal property, as he said that the subject is an addict. The complainant completed a supporting deposition requesting charges and a stay-away order of protection.

The offender was taken into custody and transported to the Evans Police Station, where he was charged with burglary and criminal trespass.

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