Multiple Burglary Arrests

Justin A. Baez

On January 8th, 2020, at about 4:24 AM, Dunkirk Police officers received a report of a suspicious subject inside 724 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY, which is a multiple dwelling. Upon arrival, officers observed Baez run from the scene. After a short foot chase, the subject was taken into custody in the basement of another multiple dwelling house near the corner of 7th & Washington Ave.

Officers determined that Baez unlawfully entered 724 Central Ave and was vandalizing the coin-operated dryer to steal the coins. Further investigation let to Baez having charges filed on him for unlawfully entering Fieldbrook Foods at 1 Ice Cream Dr, overnight on January 5th, 2020, and stealing an employee’s belongings and vandalizing a contractor trailer in the parking lot. Baez was additionally charged for unlawfully entering Ehrheart’s Collsion, 235 Bucknor St, overnight on January 4th, 2020 and stealing cash from inside the business.

Baez was released after appearing in City Court per the new bail reform procedures.

Dunkirk Police and STRDTF Arrest Three More for Drug Sales

Aixmary Rodriguez-Rosa

Over the last several months, members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Dunkirk Police Department have been conducting an investigation into the distribution and sale of illegal narcotics in the area of East Second Street and Columbus Avenue in the City of Dunkirk. This investigation led to Chautauqua County Grand Jury indictment warrants being issued for Aixmary Rodriguez-Rosa, 35, of 160 Lord Street, in the City of Dunkirk. Rodriguez-Rosa is charged with two felony counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. On December 26, 2019 at about 8:51 PM, members of the Dunkirk Police Department located Aixmary Rodriguez-Rosa at her residence and took her into custody without incident. Rodriguez-Rosa will be held pending arraignment in Chautauqua County Court.

Christopher L. Torres

Also over the past several months members of the Southern Tier Regional Dug Task Force and Dunkirk Police Department have also been conducting an investigation into the distribution and sale of illegal narcotics at 324 Eagle Street in the City of Dunkirk. This investigation led to Chautauqua County Grand Jury indictment warrants being issued for Christopher L. Torres, 34, of 324 Eagle Street, in the City of Dunkirk. Torres is charged with two felony counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. On December 27, 2019 at about 4:50 PM, members of the Dunkirk Police Department located Christopher L. Torres at his residence and took him into custody without incident. Torres will be held pending arraignment in Chautauqua County Court.

Efrain Agular-Rodriguez

Additionally, over the past several months members of the Southern Tier Regional Dug Task Force and Dunkirk Police Department have been conducting an investigation into the distribution and sale of illegal narcotics in the area of East Second Street and Columbus Avenue in the City of Dunkirk. This investigation led to Chautauqua County Grand Jury indictment warrants being issued for Efrain J. Agular-Rodriguez, 35, of 111 N. Gazelle Street in the City of Dunkirk. Aguiar-Rodriguez is charged with three felony counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. On December 28, 2019 at about 9:35 PM, members of the Dunkirk Police Department located Efrain Agular-Rodriguez at his residence and took him into custody without incident. Aguiar-Rodriguez will be held pending arraignment in Chautauqua County Court.

The Dunkirk Police Department and Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force encourage the public to report any suspected drug activity. Dunkirk Tip Line 363-0313

Holiday Safety

During Christmas and Holiday season people are often busy, excited and a little careless. Unfortunately it’s a time when they should be extra careful. This Season don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, pick-pockets, purse snatchers and con artists a better chance to do their dirty work. Crooks love the Holidays as much as everyone else.

Here are some tips on how to celebrate this season and make the Holidays a safe and happy time.

At Home:

  1. Be extra careful about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even if only for a few minutes. Also lock garages and sheds.
  2. If expecting packages try and plan on having someone home to accept them, most shippers have tracking available to let you know a time frame. If possible request that the shipper only deliver if the items are signed for. Also you can leave a note on your door requesting that your item not be left unless someone is there to sign for it. Have you neighbors be aware as well to watch for deliveries and hold the items for you until you get home.
  3. Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from a window or door, leave only a few presents out and store the remainder.
  4. If out at night turn on a radio or TV so the house looks occupied.
  5. If you go away for a few days get an automatic timer for lights and TV. Have a neighbor watch your house, shovel snow, pick up mail and newspapers(or have them held until you return) and park their car in your driveway from time to time.
  6. Be wary of strangers coming to the door asking for donations, a courier delivering a gift or public utility workers asking to enter your house. Ask for ID, look for workers vehicles and if you don’t feel comfortable don’t open the door, call the Police Desk and we will send a car to check them out.
  7. Be wary of scam and con artists, be very careful who you give your personal information and bank account or credit card information to. Your bank will not call on the phone or come to the door asking this information. Ask for and check on references, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you feel you are being pressured or don’t understand. Remember if it sounds to good to be true it probably is.
  8. Check electronic items and mark them with a unique identification number.
  9. Use only fire resistant ornaments and check lights to make sure they are safe. Teach children not to play with lights and electrical connections and avoid overloading outlets and using extension cords. Remember to keep live trees watered and do not leave tree lights on overnight or when away from home.
  10. Test your smoke detector and if you have guests let them know about your security and escape plan in case of an emergency.

When Shopping:

  1. Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
  2. Shop before dark if possible and coordinate with a friend or relative if you plan on being out late.
  3. Park in well lighted areas and be sure to lock car doors and close windows. Secure items in the trunk and have keys ready to enter your vehicle and check the interior before getting in. Once inside lock the doors and don’t open them or get back out. Use your car panic alarm if you are being followed or feel uncomfortable.
  4. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and deter pick pockets and purse snatchers by carrying your purse under the arm and keeping wallets in front pockets.
  5. Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard if they become separated or lost. Teach them to stay close and avoid contact with strangers.
  6. Be careful with internet purchases, use reputable sites and secure payments such as pay-pal or a credit card. Avoid using a debit card on internet purchases.
  7. Check Debit and Credit card account activity often to make sure it has not been compromised and call your card provider/bank directly with issues/questions.

If you have celebrated a little too much at a Holiday party or out with family and friends and you can’t safely and responsibly operate your vehicle please don’t. Be a designated driver, find a designated driver or call a taxi. If you really care you won’t let your friends or loved ones operate a vehicle or get into a vehicle when you know that it can’t be done safely and responsibly. Please take the needed steps to avoid the senseless tragedies that occur on our highways as a result of drinking and driving or reckless operation. Also please make sure that everyone in the vehicle wears a seatbelt and children are in proper child safety restraints. It’s a proven fact that seatbelts and child safety seats save lives. Make sure you clear snow and ice from your vehicle, keep an emergency pack with items such as blankets and a flashlight in your car and plan extra time on trips to allow for changing road conditions.

Also we encourage anyone who sees or hears anything suspicious or out of the ordinary in their neighborhood to please call the Desk at 366-2266 when it is happening. We would much rather send a car to check the situation than to find out at a later time that something happened and we could have had immediate information. We also advise residents to not open their doors to anyone unless they know who it is, again please call 366-2266 or 911 and have a patrol car respond.

 If you are leaving town for an extended period of time please fill out a house watch check form and we will check your house while you are away. Residents can get the forms at the Police Desk or on our Department website. Fill them out and return them to the Police Desk. Make time to get together with family and friends and think about reaching out and helping senior citizens or those who are less fortunate. Take a little time to make the Holidays a safe and happy time for everybody. On behalf of the entire Dunkirk Police Department please have a safe, happy and joyous Christmas, New Year and Holiday Season.

Dunkirk Police Deliver Santa for Seniors Gift Bags

Pictured from left are: Officer Edwin Pagan, Lt. Mark Polowy, Off. Edwin
Gomez, Chief David Ortolano, Off. Ryan Ruiz, Off. John Arns, Wendy Sullivan
– OFA, Lt. Michael Pakulski, Sgt. Douglas Switzer.

On Wednesday the City of Dunkirk Police Department again this year loaded Santa for Seniors Gift Bags up in their Patrol cars and delivered them to Senior Citizens in the Community. The bags were delivered on a very snowy and windy day and the Officers spent time visiting with the Senior Citizens who were the recipients. One recipient even had her porch and sidewalk shoveled by Officers.

Senior Citizens that received the bags are chosen by the Chautauqua County
Office for the Aging with the Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association making a donation to help defray the cost.

Recipients of the gift bags which contained a Holiday meal and daily living
items commented that they were happy and blessed to receive the bags and
enjoyed the company of the Police Officers who delivered them and they
thanked the Officers for their service to the Community.

The Dunkirk Police Department wishes to thank Dr. Mary Ann Spanos, Kate
Finch and Wendy Sullivan from the Office for the Aging for allowing us to be part of this wonderful program that reaches out to our Senior Citizens
during the Christmas Holiday Season and puts a little smile on their faces.

Dunkirk Police and STRDTF Arrest Two More on Drug Charges

For the past several months members of the Dunkirk Police Department and members

Christian M. Padilla Rivera

of The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force have been conducting investigations into the sales and distribution of narcotics in the City of Dunkirk. One investigation led to Chautauqua County Grand Jury Indictment Warrants being Issued for Christian M. Padilla-Rivera, age 29, of Dunkirk, NY.

On December 13, 2019, at about  at about 8:00 PM, members of the Dunkirk Police  Department located Christian M. Padilla-Rivera and took him into custody without incident. He was transported to the County Jail pending arraignment on the three Counts of Criminal Sale of a controlled Substance in the 3rd
Degree.

Additionally for the past several months, members of the Dunkirk Police Department

Nathasha M Feliciano

and members of The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force have been conducting an investigation that led to Chautauqua County Grand Jury Indictment Warrants being Issued for Nathasha M Feliciano, age 26, of Dunkirk, NY.

On December 14, 2019, at about 8:20 PM, members of the Dunkirk Police Department located Nathasha M. Feliciano at a location on Lake Shore Drive West and took her into custody without incident. She was transported to the County Jail pending arraignment on two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree.

The Dunkirk Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force encourage members of the community to report any suspicious or illegal activity.

Dunkirk Police Department: (716) 363-0313
Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force: (716) 664-2420

Drug Sales Arrest

Jose J. Ruiz

For the past several months members of the Dunkirk Police Department and members of The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force have been conducting an investigation into the sales and distribution of narcotics in the City of Dunkirk. One investigation lead to Chautauqua County Grand Jury Indictment Warrants being Issued for Jose J. Ruiz, age 32, of Dunkirk, NY.

On December 12, 2019, at about 5:40 PM, members of the Dunkirk Police Department located Ruiz and took him into Custody without incident. Ruiz was transported to the County Jail pending arraignment on the Criminal Sale Of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree .

Rodney G. Clyburn

Additionally, for the past several months members of the Dunkirk Police Department and members of The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force have been conducting an investigation into the sale and distribution of narcotics by another subject. This investigation lead to Chautauqua County Grand Jury Indictment Warrants being Issued for Rodney G. Clyburn, age 39, of Dunkirk, NY.

On December 12, 2019 at about 4:15 PM, members of the Dunkirk Police department located Clyburn and took him into custody without incident. Clyburn was also transported to the County Jail pending arraignment on the Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd
Degree .

The Dunkirk Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force encourage members of the community to report any suspicious or illegal activity.

Dunkirk Police Department: (716) 363-0313
Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force: (716) 664-2420

IRS Scam Alert

The Dunkirk Police Department wants to warn the community regarding an “IRS” Scam. A city resident received a phone call from a person identifying themselves as an “IRS Agent.”  The person directed the resident to withdraw all of their money from their bank account except for $100 and store it at home.  The person then stated that they would be visiting the resident’s home on Monday to speak with them.

According to the IRS’s website, scams take many shapes and forms, such as phone calls, letters and emails. Many IRS impersonators use threats to intimidate and bully people into paying a fabricated tax bill. They may even threaten to arrest or deport their would-be victim if the victim doesn’t comply.  For a comprehensive listing of recent tax scams and consumer alerts, visit Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts.

The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service.  However, there are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, such as when a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill, to secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment, or to tour a business as part of an audit or during criminal investigations.  Even then, taxpayers will generally first receive several letters (called “notices”) from the IRS in the mail.

The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Recognize the telltale signs of a scam. See also: How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door.

The Dunkirk Police Department and the IRS urges the community to be on the lookout for phone scams.  The IRS recommends reporting such scams to:

  • Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report a phone scam. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
  • Report phone scams to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
  • Report an unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, or an IRS-related component like the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

Thanksgiving Holiday Safety Tips

The City of Dunkirk Police Department is issuing the following safety reminders to everyone during the Thanksgiving Holiday.

  1. Please plan properly for trips by checking the weather and road conditions.
  2. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination, take frequent breaks while driving. Keep your gas tank full and cell phone charged for emergencies.
  3. Be prepared to adjust driving as the road conditions change
  4. Always wear seatbelts and please make sure children are in a child safety seat. It’s a proven fact that seatbelts and child safety seats save lives.
  5. Keep an emergency pack in the vehicle including blankets, water, snacks and a flashlight.
  6. Do not drive while texting or talking on your cell phone (except in case of an emergency). This is very distracting, dangerous and it is also illegal.
  7. We wish for everyone to enjoy the holiday with family and friends but if you have celebrated too much and can’t safely operate a vehicle please don’t. Designate a safe driver ahead of time or call for a ride. Please don’t create a tragedy as your remembrance of this holiday. True friends won’t let someone they love get behind the wheel or get into a vehicle with someone if they can’t safely operate it.
  8. If you encounter reckless operators do not confront them, pull off the road and call 911 with the description and direction of travel.
  9. If you are going to be out of town for an extended period of time please take advantage of our House Watch program. Details can be found by stopping at the Police Station, calling the Police Desk at 366-2266 or by visiting the forms section on our Department website dunkirkpolice.com
  10. Please keep an eye on what is going on in your Neighborhood. If you see or hear something out of the ordinary please call the Police Desk at 366-2266 or 911 and let us send an Officer to check it out.

The Dunkirk Police Department wishes everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

Missing Person

UPDATE 11-22-19 @ 6:24 PM
****MISSING PERSON LOCATED****
Anne Guziec has been located safe. The Dunkirk Police Department would like to thank the public for their assistance with information leading to her being found.

The Dunkirk Police Department is attempting to locate Anne Guziec, age 54, of Dunkirk, NY.  Approximately two days ago, Anne is believed to have been walking her dog, a brown and white English Springer Spaniel with an orange collar, in the Main St area.  Anne is a white female, about 5’2″, about 125 lbs, has hazel eyes, brown hair, and was possibly wearing white fleece hoodie, blue jeans and tan work boots.  Please contact the Dunkirk Police Department at 716-366-2266 with any information to her whereabouts.

Dunkirk Police and STRDTF Arrest Two for the Sale of Drugs

For the past several months members of the Dunkirk Police Department and the Southern Tier Regional Drug task Force have been conducting investigations into the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics in the City of Dunkirk.

One investigation led to arrest warrants being issued for Alex Diaz Torres, age 32, of Dunkirk, NY. Arrest warrants were issued by the City of Dunkirk Court for the Charges of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree.  On November 15, 2019, at about 7:05 PM, members of the Dunkirk Police Department and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task force located and arrested Alex Diaz Torres at 47 East Second St. in the City of Dunkirk. Torres was taken into custody without incident.

In a separate investigation, the Chautauqua County Grand Jury issued secret indictment warrants for Carmelo Cruz, age 55, of Dunkirk, NY, charging him with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. On November 18, 2019 at approximately 8:45 AM, members of the Dunkirk Police Department observed Carmelo Cruz traveling in a vehicle on Lake Shore Drive in the City of Dunkirk. The vehicle was stopped and Carmelo Cruz was taken into custody without incident. Cruz will be held at the Chautauqua County Jail pending arraignment.

The Dunkirk Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force encourage members of the community to report any suspicious or illegal activity.

Dunkirk Police Department: (716) 363-0313
Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force: (716) 664-2420