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Two motorists report cars were burglarized

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 68th Street woman told city police that her car was burglarized Friday morning while parked in the 6700 block of Lindbergh Avenue.

Taken from the vehicle was a wallet containing various personal effects, as well as about $30 worth of CDs, police reported.

Also reporting a car break-in was a Plaza Drive, Wheatfield resident, who said that his car was entered between 7:30 and 8:10 p.m. Friday while parked in the 4600 block of Hyde Park Boulevard. A cellular telephone and a Dell laptop computer were taken from the unlocked vehicle. Loss was set at $550.

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Apartment parking lot scene of 5 car break-ins

NIAGARA FALLS -- Several cars were broken into Friday morning at a pair of Cayuga Drive parking lots, city police said.

At least five vehicles were entered between 3 and 6 a.m. in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 9000 block of Cayuga Drive, police said. Four of the victims lived at the location, while a fifth was a Grand Island resident. Windows were broken on some of the cars and one had a citizen's band radio damaged in an unsuccessful theft attempt.

Two rental DVDs were taken from another car.

Police said that other cars were broken into in a parking lot a short distance away.

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Distraction used in library theft of $30

NIAGARA FALLS -- An employee of the LaSalle branch of the city's public library system was distracted long enough for a man to steal $30 from a cash drawer at the Buffalo Avenue facility Friday afternoon, city police said.

Two men were believed to be working in concert to commit the theft, police said, with one distracting the staff member while the other grabbed the money. The theft occurred shortly after noon.

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Stolen credit card was used three times

NIAGARA FALLS -- A LaSalle woman's credit card was fraudulently used at least three times after being stolen from her car Wednesday, police reported Saturday.

The victim told police her car was broken into while parked in her driveway Wednesday and her purse taken. The purse contained credit and debit cards, along with other personal effects. By the time the victim discovered the theft, her card had been used to make at least three purchases, including one in Buffalo and two on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation.

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