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3 burglaries at home lead to Lockport arrest

LOCKPORT -- An Adam Street man was charged Wednesday with two felony counts of attempted burglary, felony burglary and felony criminal mischief.

Lockport police said Lemuel L. Hardy Jr., 19, was taken into custody Wednesday at a Chestnut Street coin laundry after a report of a burglary in progress at a Cave Street home. Police said Hardy had burglarized the same home Monday and Tuesday, taking house keys, antiques and dishes.

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Prison term handed out in 'lunch-bag' robbery

LOCKPORT -- A man who couldn't distinguish between a lunch bag and a money bag was sentenced Wednesday to 1 1/3 to four years in prison for third-degree robbery.

David L. Nelson, 22, of Washington Heights, pleaded guilty before Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. on May 24.

On July 27, 2004, Nelson and Marcus L. Antoine, 25, of Corinthia Street, accosted an employee of Tractor Supply Co. outside that South Transit Road store. The worker was carrying a paper bag and a nylon bag.

Thinking it held the store's bank deposit, the robbers grabbed the paper bag -- and ended up with the remnants of the employee's lunch. The nylon bag held the cash. Antoine is serving 2 1/2 to five years in prison.

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One held, two sought after robbery in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Mackenna Avenue man has been charged in the strong-arm robbery of a woman early Wednesday on Cudaback Avenue.

Brandon C. Primerano, 19, pleaded not guilty in Niagara Falls City Court to felony robbery and felony grand larceny. He was being held in Niagara County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash, or $30,000 property bail.

Police said Primerano and two other men pulled the victim down to the pavement and stole her purse at 1:30 a.m. on the 2200 block of Cudaback.

Primerano was arrested at 2 a.m. near 20th and Niagara streets, but his accomplices remain at large, police said.

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Two juveniles charged in attack, theft of purse

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two juveniles have been accused of hitting a woman on the head with a metal pipe and stealing her purse early Wednesday.

The 20th Street woman said she was locking the door at the Pour House at 1974 Mackenna Ave., at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when she was attacked.

She woman was treated in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, and her purse was later recovered, police said.

Police said the two juveniles, who were arrested shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday, face charges of robbery, assault and grand larceny.

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