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Visitor suspected in theft of laptop computer

NIAGARA FALLS -- A visitor to a Pierce Avenue home is suspected of stealing a $1,300 laptop computer, police said.

The laptop's owner told police that he had left it in his brother's bedroom and that he believes a man visiting his brother left the house with the computer hidden under his coat.


Estranged wife accused of $3,500 debit card theft

CAMBRIA -- A man getting a divorce told Niagara County sheriff's deputies Saturday that his estranged wife stole his debit card and withdrew more than $3,500 from his bank account.

The man told officers the card was taken between Tuesday and Friday from a hiding place in the bedroom of his Saunders Settlement Road home. Security camera photos from various automated teller machines showed his soon-to-be ex-wife making withdrawals totaling $3,581.50, deputies said.


Sheriff's deputy in collision remains in stable condition

An Erie County sheriff's deputy who was seriously injured Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in the Town of Boston remained in stable condition Sunday in Erie County Medical Center.

Deputy Stephen Cryan, 44, a 19-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department, is in ECMC's Trauma Intensive Care Unit. Police have said that Cryan suffered several broken ribs, a punctured lung, cracked clavicle and a dislocated shoulder.

The other driver, Michael Campbell, 55, of Colden, received stitches for head and facial injuries in ECMC. He was discharged Friday night.

Police said Cryan was eastbound on Omphalius Road in his marked sheriff's cruiser approaching the intersection with Cole Road at about 1:20 p.m. Friday.

When Cryan didn't see the snow-covered stop sign in the bright sunshine, he collided with Campbell's vehicle.

The patrol vehicle flew into a pole and flipped over onto its roof. Cryan was pinned inside unconscious for a short period of time. Sheriff's officials said Campbell clearly had the right of way.


Stereo equipment stolen from car in Lockport

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- Nearly $2,300 worth of car stereo equipment was reported stolen from a Niagara Falls man's car early Saturday, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

The 16th Street resident told police he was at his girlfriend's Robinson Road residence when the theft occurred sometime between midnight and 3 a.m. Items taken included amplifiers, speakers and a compact disc stereo.

The victim told police he had given his car keys to a man at the Robinson residence so he could retrieve the victim's cell phone from the car. He believes the car was intentionally left unlocked to allow someone else to steal the stereo equipment.


Stolen wallet recovered after theft at Falls bar

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city woman's wallet was stolen from her purse early Saturday after she left it unattended for a brief time inside a Ferry Avenue nightclub.

The woman told police she was in Unc's Bar at about 3 a.m. when she noticed her purse, which had been left atop the bar, had been opened. She later discovered that her wallet and checkbook were missing.

The wallet, minus a small amount of cash and the woman's driver's license, was found discarded near a Main Street hotel. The driver's license and checkbook were not recovered.

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