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DELIVERY MAN ROBBED OF $80 BY THIEF WITH TASTE FOR PIZZA

A bandit wearing a black ski mask and armed with an assault-style rifle stole $60 and a pizza late Monday night from a delivery man for Bob and John's La Hacienda on Hertel Avenue.

The victim was delivering a pizza on Highgate Avenue at about 11 p.m. when the robber confronted him in the side yard, displayed the weapon and robbed him. The thief then fled east on foot, toward Bailey Avenue.

Police are checking the telephone number given by the person who ordered the pizza.

Man attacked by robbers is in serious condition

A 31-year-old Sweet Avenue man attacked by two robbers in front of his next-door neighbor's home Sunday night remained in serious condition today in the Erie County Medical Center.

Joseph Acker was admitted to the medical center's intensive-care unit after authorities said he was struck in the head with an unknown object by two robbers at about 7 p.m. Sunday.

Witnesses told police they spotted the two men with the victim's wallet. The robbers then fled west on Sweet toward Playter Street after leaving the wallet at the scene of the crime.

The crime was referred to the Homicide Bureau because of the seriousness of the injury, police said Monday.

Marilyn Monroe memorabilia among burglary items

NIAGARA FALLS -- A burglar with a taste for collectibles made off with more than $5,000 worth of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia Monday, police said.

The 18th Street home of Edward Lail was entered sometime in the early afternoon via an open kitchen window, Officer David Bower said.

Among the items taken from the home were a videocassette recorder, two jewelry boxes and 10 rings.

Also taken were several collectible Monroe plates and three Monroe doll figurines from Lail's collection.

Lockport effort results in 257 seat belt tickets

LOCKPORT -- City police handed out 257 tickets for seat belt violations during a 10-day period over the past two weeks, Traffic Capt. John W. Cross said Monday.

Cross said motorists were cited during road checks and by roving patrol units that were sent out in two-man teams for four hours, two times a day, in conjunction with the statewide Buckle Up New York campaign.

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