Niagara Falls Police Blotter

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: A worker at a Portage Road discount store reported someone observed her open the store early Monday morning. The manager locked the door after entering. An unknown suspect attempted to enter the store, first using a wrench and then trying to pry open a door, doing about $200 damage. The employee reviewed video footage and called in a work order for the door before calling police.

STOLEN PHONE, DRE BEATS: A 29th Street resident reported someone stole her daughter’s Iphone and DreBeats sometime between Thursday and Friday. The find-my-phone app discovered the phone smashed in Buffalo.

ATTEMPTED CAR THEFT: A women left her purse and child in her car when she went into Office Depot to fax something at about 5:35 Wednesday. A passing opportunist entered her 2024 Chevy Trax and began to drive away. She saw what was happening, exited the store and yelled at the suspect who fled the scene with her purse and car key.

PETIT LARCENY: As police investigated the above incident in Pine Plaza, they observed Yolanda Holmes, 38, of 1861 Cleveland Avenue running from Family Dollar with a bag of merchandise. A woman exited the store and asked Holmes to stop. Police chased Holmes down. Items valued at $136.52 were recovered. Home was charged with petit larceny.

TRAFFIC STOP: Police observed a vehicle driving erratically on Niagara Avenue at about 2:23 a.m. Thursday. They followed it at a distance and eventually executed a traffic stop on Elm Court. Steven Vigorito, 22, of 618 24th St. was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, excessive speed over 55 mph, no signals/flashers and aggravated unlicensed operation. Police conducted standard field sobriety tests and suspected Vigorito may be driving under the influence but no related charges were on the report.

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