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Pilgrims Foolishly Leave Valuables in Plain Sight

By Mike Hudson

In the people who seem completely oblivious to the where they are department this week, we’re sorry to report that a couple of young Pilgrims from the Southern Tier found themselves relieved of more than $32,000 worth of merchandise after foolishly leaving the stuff in their car, which was parked in the old Splash Park lot near the Seneca Niagara Casino downtown.

The couple said they were only away from their vehicle and in the casino for 10 minutes, which seems odd, but got back to their Jeep and drove back to Pine Avenue and 33rd Street before noticing the back window had been smashed out and all their stuff was gone.

The laundry list of missing items included Louis Vuitton luggage containing a Bulova wristwatch, DKNY glasses, a diamond necklace, four credit cards, a pistol permit and an assortment of other clothes, shoes and accessories.

These big money auto burglaries are weekly occurrences in the neighborhood around the casino, and city police are left to shake their heads at the idea that anyone from anywhere would leave tens of thousands of dollars worth of goods in the open view of a vehicle’s passenger compartment outside in a neighborhood that is, essentially, a slum.

The investigating officer noted in his report that the parking lot was dark and poorly lit, which describes many of the privately-owned and all the city-owned lots in the neighborhood around the casino.


Female Crime Wave Continues

And the female crime wave centering around the Walmart Super Store on Military Road continues unabated, despite an increasing number of weekly arrests.

Most recently, Shelby Nicole Veideffer, 21, Anna Julia Jaciw, 58, and Nancy Leemae Best, 30, all of this city, were arrested following separate incidents at the deeply discounted department store.

While Veideffer allegedly stole $128 worth of cosmetics, Best reputedly took $393 worth of food, clothing and appliances, and Jaciw copped $35 worth of clothes.



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OCT 08, 2013