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>Tools valued at $2,500 stolen from trailer

NEWFANE -- A 26-year-old man told Niagara County sheriff's deputies Tuesday that someone removed $2,500 worth of tools from his father-in-law's utility dump trailer.

He said a drill bit, roof jacks, extension cords, a siding brake and other various tools were missing when he was preparing for work in the driveway in the 6300 block of Charlotteville Road. He told deputies the theft happened sometime between Saturday and Tuesday morning.


>Theft of copper wiring, junction boxes reported

NIAGARA FALLS -- Thousands of dollars in damage was reported on city property after someone tore out the copper wiring and junction boxes from the conduit between the old Wintergarden and Teletech overnight on First Street.

Department of Public Work employees arrived Tuesday morning to find a ladder on the ground and overhead metal panels hanging down from the west end to the east end between the two buildings. Written on the ground were the words "falmouth" and "shaw's 66."

Department of Public Works Director David Kinney said three lines of copper wiring had been cut from the ceiling panels and removed from the length of the panel and would cost $3,000 to replace. Also removed were two custom junction boxes, valued at a total of $500, one removed from each end of the walkway, and circuit wiring had been cut on the west end.


>Guilty plea entered in two car thefts

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man who been charged with stealing two cars last year pleaded guilty Monday in Niagara County Court.

Jamal Rice, 28, of Ferry Avenue, admitted to two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and could receive up to eight years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 5 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Rice admitted stealing Sept. 24 and Oct. 29, 2007 in Niagara Falls.

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