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Police Log for the week of April 19, 2012

Purse snatching incidents reported at Walmart

Town of Hamburg Police are trying to determine who stole a purse from a woman while she was shopping at Walmart on Southwestern Boulevard shortly before 9:30 p.m. last Wednesday (April 11).

The victim told officers Jeffrey Lavelle and Eagan she last remembered seeing the purse while she was in the produce section. She said it was in the shopping cart child seat area. The victim reported she turned away briefly to pick up an item and when she turned back to her cart, she realized her purse was gone.

The victim then went to the customer service area, who in turn called the police.

Officers watched store video and viewed an unknown white male steal the victim’s purse while she had turned away.

Police said the suspect quickly exited the store, entered the driver’s seat of a white sedan and exited onto Rogers Road. Officers did obtain a photo of the suspect from the video.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hamburg Police tip line at 648-5111, ext. 2847 or call 648-5118, ext. 2614.

On April 13, a pair of victims told police that while they were shopping at Walmart around 2:30 p.m., an unknown suspect stole their purses from their shopping carts.

Although it was two separate larcenies, Officers Scott Weyrough and Paul Randall, who reported to the scene, believe due to the time frame, it was likely done by the same person or persons. The first victim’s purse was recovered in the parking lot and all contents were there, except $50. The purse was turned into the customer service desk by an unknown elderly male, police said.

A young female then turned in the second victim’s purse, with all items there except $300 cash. A store video shows an unknown female committing the larcenies and store security was able to print a still photo of the suspect.

The matter is still under investigation.

Burglars are charged

A Coachman’s Lane resident reported that unknown person or persons entered the residence around 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11 and removed more than $15,000 worth of jewelry from a bedroom dresser.

The victim did not discover that the items were missing until the next morning. A basement window was then discovered to be broken. The suspects removed a storm window, then broke the basement window pane. However, police said it did not appear large enough for a point of entry.

When Det. Angelo Butera arrived, he took photos of the exterior crime scene and of the 10-inch by 13-inch window of the north west side of the home. Indications in the flower garden mulch only showed foot impressions walking to and from the broken window.

Officers went to a local pawn shop, who said Devin Sutter, 25, of Hamburg, had offered several rings for sale on April 11, one of which was an 18 kt gold with a large diamond. The owner of the shop said he did not purchase the item because he does not deal with diamonds, but that he had purchased items recently from Sutter, who said he was going to shop the item around to other dealers.

Officers went to several other pawn shops in the area, and one did say he received a ring and earring from Sutter on April 11. He also had in his possession a large diamond solitaire that he had not purchased.

Sutter was then picked up at a Walden Drive residence and transported to the detective bureau.

Police said Sutter did give a voluntary statement saying he did take the victim’s nephew to his aunt’s house on April 10, and that he did show him the jewelry he had taken from her residence. He said he used his identification to pawn several items at a local jeweler. He told police Ed Sowinski, 26, of Hamburg, also pawned some of the jewelry on Ridge Road and claims he then drove him to purchase heroin. He also did turn over a loose diamond that he said he found in the front of his car.

Both men were charged with burglary in the 2nd degree, illegal entry of a dwelling and 4th degree grand larceny, for stealing property valued at more than $1,000.

Burglary suspect sought

Town of Hamburg Patrolman John Baker and Lieutenant Nicholas Budney responded to a call of an alarm sounding at the Kwik Fill on Route 5 in Woodlawn at 1:17 a.m. on Saturday (April 14).

When they arrived, they observed both the front glass entrance doors were damaged. Police said the left door had a hole in it with spider web cracks. The right door was shattered with “a hole large enough for entry to be made,” officers said.

A short time later, the owner showed up with keys and video showed a subject wearing a dark colored hoodie with a white emblem on the back of the neck, breaking the front door and entering the business. The subject then jumped over the counter. Police said the subject was in the store a total of about 45 seconds.

The video showed the subject exit the store and head toward Sixth Street. Police checked nearby establishments for possible suspects but were unable to locate any.

The suspect is facing 3rd degree burglary, 3rd degree criminal mischief and petit larceny charges for destroying property and stealing a pack of cigarettes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hamburg Police tip line at 648-5111, ext. 2847 or call 648-5118, ext. 2614.

DWI charge in Hamburg

Town of Hamburg Police Lieutenants Nicholas Ugale and Nicholas Budney observed a vehicle on Lake Avenue at 11:17 p.m. Sunday, April 15, with two front flat tires stopped in a parking lot.

While being interviewed at the scene, Andrey Plisko, 38, of Hamburg was said by police to have admitted operating the vehicle and consuming alcohol. He had glassy eyes, slurred speech, impaired coordination and emitted an odor of an alcoholic beverage. He then failed several field sobriety tests.

He was administered a Datamaster test, which resulted in a .40 blood alcohol content.

Police also found a 500 mg Hydrocodone tablet on the driver’s side of the vehicle, which neither Plisko or his passenger, Michael Kelleher, 25, of Lackawanna, claimed ownership of.

Plisko was charged with driving while intoxicated, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree, and aggravated driving while intoxicated for having a blood alcohol content of .18 or more.

DWI arrests in Evans

• A 22-year-old Town of Evans man is facing several charges after Town of Evans Police Officers Patrick Atler and Jeffrey Mayer responded to a call of a possible auto accident on Commercial Street just before 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12.

When officers arrived, they said the vehicle was observed in the northbound shoulder of the roadway facing south and was occupied by the driver, Anthony Balistrieri, who was sitting in the car while it was running. Police said the vehicle had sustained heavy front end damage.

While speaking with Balistrieri, officers obsevered he had red glassy eyes, slurred speech and an odor of an alcohol beverage on his breath. He told police he had consumed three 22 ounce beers.

Balistrieri failed several field sobriety tests and police said he had a .21 blood alcohol content on a Breathalyzer Test.

The investigation into the accident deemed that the vehicle was traveling north on Commercial Street when Balistrieri lost control. The vehicle then crossed over into the southbound lane and into the grass area, where it struck a street sign.

The vehicle then reentered the roadway and crossed into the northbound shoulder, where it struck a mailbox, a street sign and a Bell Atlantic box. Police said Balistrieri did suffer a head injury and was transported to Lake Shore Hospital by Rural Metro.

Balistrieri was charged with failure to use a designated lane, driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of more than .08, speed not reasonable and prudent, operating a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate and aggravated driving while intoxicated for having a blood alcohol content of .18 or more.

• While on patrol at 10:37 p.m. Monday, April 9 on Erie Road, Evans Officer Matthew Stonitsch observed a vehicle traveling westbound in the area of the Highland Hose Fire Hall going 52 mph in a 40 mph zone.

Patrolman approached the vehicle and activated the emergency lights, and the vehicle continued west at a rate of 70 mph in a 45 mph zone.

They then activated the siren and the vehicle continued to travel 70 mph as it entered a 55 mph zone. At that point, police called out a chase as both vehicles neared Sweetland Road. The vehicle continued west at 70 mph and changed lanes without signalling.

The vehicle then continued west and passed Backus Road and Officer Brian Kauzala was then ordered to deploy stop sticks. As the vehicle approached, it crossed the double yellow lines and attempted to go around the stop sticks. The vehicle then struck the stop sticks and came to a stop at Route 5 and Gold Street with a flat drivers side front tire.

Sharon Delmonte, 29, of Buffalo was then taken into custody without incident. Officers did observe she had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath, along with glassy eyes and slurred speech. Police did observe multiple bottles of Labatt’s Blue inside of the vehicle.

Delmonte told police she was coming from West Seneca, but claimed she had only had a half a bottle of alcohol.

After returning to the police station for field sobriety tests, officers said Delmonte became combative. They said she kicked the lobby door and needed to be escorted by patrol to the booking area. She did eventually calm down and performed and failed multiple field sobriety tests.

Delmonte was charged with failure to keep right on a two lane road, illegal signal from a parked position, speeding, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle in the 3rd degree, moving from lane unsafely, failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle, a speeding violation for speed in zone, refusal to take a Breathalyzer test and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on the highway.

Drug related charges levied in Evans

• Town of Evans Patrolmen Gregory Szarowicz and Joseph Larosa were called to locate a driver operating a vehicle erratically traveling east on Route 20 just before 9:30 p.m. last Thursday (April 12). Officers then reported the vehicle entered a parking lot.

When police pulled up next to the vehicle, they observed Christopher Thiel, 32, of the Town of Evans, exit his vehicle and enter the passenger side of a vehicle driven by Kaitlin Hawley, 19, of Silver Creek. When police were talking to the pair, they noticed both seemed nervous and said Hawley was shaking.

Police then said the offender’s statements did not match and Hawley gave permission to search her vehicle. Police then discovered a blue metal cylandrical container between the front passenger seat and the center console, containing an octagonal peach colored tablet with a “10” imprinted on it, identified as Opana (oxymorphone).

Officers also discovered that Thiel’s license had been suspended in January for insurance not in effect, as well as in November for failure to answer a summons in the Village of Hamburg.

Thiel was charged with controlled substance not in its original container, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, 7th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Hawley was charged with 7th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Brooke M. Fuller, 22, of the Town of Evans was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and controlled substance not in its original container at 1:43 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11.

She had been arrested for another incident and gave permission to Patrolmen Thomas Crupe and Luke Fioretti to check her purse.

At that time, they found a crushed orange pill wrapped in plastic cellophane that the offender told police was suboxone.

Police originally had arrested Fuller in connection with a purse snatching incident at Tops Markets on Erie Road, where officers said the offender was allegedly standing near the northern most man door on the east side of the building.

According to the victim and a witness, Fuller then allegedly took the victim’s purse from the shopping cart while the cart was momentarily unattended. The victim then yelled at Fuller to stop and she then began to walk fast toward the exit.

Fuller then did walk into a witness, drop the purse and was eventually stopped by store employees.

In that incident, Fuller was charged with 4th degree grand larceny for stealing a credit card and for petit larceny.

Erie County Sheriff’s Dept.make multiple arrests

• Deputies Chris Soluri and Neil Held were dispatched to Erie Road in Brant to the report of a driver slumped over at the wheel. Nancy Scott, 43, of Angola was asleep behind the wheel.

Deputies woke her up and said she showed signs of intoxication and she was asked to submit field sobriety tests.

Scott was charged with driving while intoxicated.

• After stopping Christopher Lone, 29, of Perrysburg on Railroad Avenue in Brant, Deputies Eric Szkatulski and Chris Coluri determined that Lone showed signs of intoxication.

Lone was asked to perform field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving while intoxicated and taken to the North Collins substation.

Lone then submitted to a Breathalyzer test and it resulted in a .14 blood alcohol content. He was additionally charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation as well as summonses for other violations of the vehicle and traffic law.

• Michelle Nowakowski, 42, of the Town of Boston, called the Sheriff’s Department to report that someone hit her vehicle overnight and told deputies she thought she knew who may have done it and just wanted to have the incident on record.

While performing the investigation, deputies learned that Nowakowski had an outstanding warrant for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree from the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority Police Department.

She was arrested without incident and turned over to the NFTA Police to answer for the warrant.


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