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From the blotter / Niagara County police calls, Sept. 2 to 4

> Sept. 21

* A .38-caliber revolver was stolen from the home of an elderly Hyde Park Boulevard resident, Niagara Falls police said. The victim told police someone kicked in his bedroom door overnight, taking the gun from beneath a mattress. The weapon was valued at $300. Police said the man had a valid pistol permit and normally kept the bedroom door locked.

* A man may have enlisted the aid of a young neighbor in breaking into a Sixth Street apartment, witnesses told Niagara Falls police. Neighbors saw a man push in a window air-conditioning unit, then climb into the apartment at about 4 p.m. A young neighbor was seen walking away from the home a short time later carrying what looked like a heavy bag, the neighbor reported. The burglar later emerged, carrying a digital video disc player, several DVDs and a video game unit and accessories. The stolen items were valued at $410. The resident told police the burglar's description sounded like one of his neighbors, a convicted burglar.

* Niagara Falls police are checking whether a cleaning lady may have been involved in a theft from a Niagara Avenue home. The resident alerted police after finding his checkbook and a $3,300 insurance check missing from his home. It had been taken sometime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

* Someone entered an 18th Street apartment while the occupant was out, between 3 and 4:30 p.m., stealing a box of scrap aluminum, some insulated wire and a faucet, Niagara Falls police reported. The items were valued at $38.

* A 23rd Street resident told Niagara Falls police that someone stole 45 pain pills from his kitchen cabinet. He said that several visitors to the home could have taken the pills, which were valued at $200.

* Destiny A. Tamborello, 16, of 23rd Street, was arrested at noon on a felony count of second-degree assault, Niagara Falls police said.

* A daughter's boyfriend is suspected in the theft of items from the living room of a 29th Street residence, Niagara Falls police said. The theft occurred between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Loss was estimated at $190.

* Two men told Niagara Falls police they had been victims of identity theft. A Packard Court resident complained that someone used his debit card number to purchase a cellular telephone and charge the purchase to his account. A Buffalo man reported that someone had opened a Niagara Mohawk account in his name and had run up $400 in charges at a D Street location. Both are being investigated.

> Sept. 3

* Two men, one armed with a baseball bat and the other a handgun, confronted a Ferry Avenue man at 2:50 a.m. in the 1800 block of Ferry Avenue, Niagara Falls police said. The argument was over a woman, police said. The victim was chased briefly before escaping.

* A woman walking to her home in the 1900 block of Mackenna Avenue at about 3:45 a.m. told Niagara Falls police that a man grabbed her by the neck, pulled her into his van and then tried to take her pants off. The woman said she was later thrown out of the vehicle. While reporting the incident to police, she broke off the interview and refused to cooperate further, officers said, prompting the release of a suspect without criminal charges.

* Sometime overnight, someone broke into a vacant residence in the 900 block of Niagara Avenue, Niagara Falls police said, stealing a 1-by-4-foot stained-glass window of undetermined value. The building is owned by a Youngstown resident.

> Sept. 4

* Christopher S. Beard, 32, was arrested at 1 a.m. when Niagara Falls police responded to a burglary-in-progress call in the 2400 block of North Avenue and reported seeing Beard running through back yards in the area. The Fifth Street resident was found to have a knife in his front pocket, police said, and was charged with disorderly conduct and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

* An employee of the International Foods restaurant on Rainbow Boulevard choked a manager in a disagreement over his paycheck, Niagara Falls police said. The incident occurred at about 10:45 a.m. at the restaurant. The victim told police his assailant had been drinking all night; the manager was not seriously injured.

* A Brooklyn man's car was broken into between 1:45 and 10:30 a.m. while parked in the lot of Budget Inn on Main Street, Niagara Falls police said. A window was broken out, and a cassette stereo unit was stolen. Loss was placed at $400.

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