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String of car break-ins reported in University Court apartment complex in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS – At least five cars were broken into overnight Thursday in the north lot of a University Court apartment complex, police reported.

Investigating officers were able to track down the owners of two of the involved vehicles, and neither reported anything missing from their cars. The other owners could not be contacted immediately.

One owner told police she heard several cars moving around the parking lot between 3 and 3:30 a.m. Friday, which she found to be unusual, but she did not contact the police at the time. Upon checking her car around 5:45 a.m., she found the passenger door ajar and the interior of the vehicle ransacked. The door trim on the vehicle was damaged in the break-in.

In the same area, police said that a Monteagle Ridge apartment complex resident reported two bicycles being stolen from her backyard patio between 2 and 6:30 a.m. on Friday. The Hyde Park Boulevard property is unfenced, police said. The stolen bicycles were valued at $700.

Also reporting a theft during the same time frame was a Fairfield Avenue woman, whose unlocked car was entered between 8 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 a.m. Friday. About $25 in loose bills and coin was removed from the vehicle, police said. Officers said there were other cars entered in that area, as well.

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