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Niagara Falls man charged with hauling metal from renovated house

Ramon Armand, one of the two men caught April 21 when Niagara Falls police stopped a rented truck and found metal objects allegedly stolen from a house under renovation, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in State Supreme Court.

Armand, 24, of 17th Street in the Falls, was indicted on charges of burglary, criminal mischief, possession of stolen property and grand larceny.

Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Joel M. Grundy said police found cast-iron radiators and other objects when they stopped the truck a few blocks from the crime scene at Ferry Avenue and 17th Street.

Armand's co-defendant, Brian E. Schmiege, 30, of 17th Street, has pleaded not guilty, but he is awaiting sentencing in three other cases, including the theft of $8,900 worth of tires from a Ransomville auto dealership.

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