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Two boys caught inside Falls Office Max store

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two 15-year-olds were arrested at gunpoint early Saturday after allegedly breaking into the Office Max store on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Police responding to a loading dock burglar alarm about 3:30 a.m. spotted two people inside the store and were able to take them into custody. They recovered numerous burglar tools, as well as a digital camera and a Zune MP3 player that the two were attempting to steal, police said.

Police said they found the boys' bicycles next to a Dumpster behind the store, and discovered that a rear garage door had been pried open, causing an estimated $250 damage.

The boys face charges of burglary, larceny and possession of stolen property when they are petitioned to Family Court.


Wrights Corner man pleads to break-ins

LOCKPORT -- Thomas D. Yarger, already facing possible prison time on two felonies, pleaded guilty to two more last week in Niagara County Court.

Yarger, 30, of Hope Lane, Wrights Corners, admitted to two counts of attempted second-degree burglary for breaking into houses on Davison Road in Lockport on Oct. 11 and on Humphrey Road in Hartland four days later. Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said the deal called for Yarger to confess to several other unsolved burglaries in Niagara County.

On Nov. 25, Yarger had pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree burglary for an April 29 break-in at a home on Coomer Road in Newfane, and felony driving while intoxicated for his Oct. 21 arrest in the City of Lockport following a high-speed chase on Lincoln Avenue and South Transit Road in what police said was a stolen car. Sentencing is March 31.

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