A 77-year-old woman's purse was snatched as she tried to enter her Memorial Parkway home, Niagara Falls police said. The woman told police she was opening her back door just after 6:30 p.m. when a man came up from behind and grabbed her purse off her shoulder. He fled through adjoining yards, making off with credit cards, a cell phone and $500 in cash.
Large-screen LCD televisions were the targets in a trio of house burglaries, city police said, while video games and accessories were stolen in another break-in. A 50-inch rental television valued at $1,000 was taken during a break-in at a Willow Avenue home, police said. Meanwhile, someone forced open a door and entered a Michigan Avenue residence and stole a 60-inch TV valued at $3,000. A 32-inch TV was stolen after a Niagara Avenue home was forcibly entered between 3 and 4:15 p.m. Also taken was an X-Box 360 video game system, $130 in cash and some cigarettes. Loss was put at $1,085. More than $1,200 worth of electronics were taken when a 19th Street home was entered between 4:15 and 4:30 p.m., police said. The victim told police he left momentarily with a friend, returning 15 minutes later to find his PlayStation 3 system gone, along with 15 game cartridges, various compact discs and a duffel bag.
A 1993 Buick Century was broken into in the driveway of a home in the 3700 block of McKoon Avenue overnight Sunday, Niagara Falls police said. The car was discovered with its engine running and a broken steering column and lock. Missing were a car seat, booster seat, blankets and four tennis rackets, police added.
Two people were charged with theft from a game room change machine at 1:20 p.m. in the Quality Inn on First Street. Lauren T. Lind, 18, of East Aurora, and Joseph A. Wilson, 22, of Buffalo, were both stopped after leaving the hotel game room and charged with petit larceny when police found them with several hundred dollars of change and dollars in Wilson's jacket, backpack and pants, and in Lind's purse. Total stolen was listed as $514. Police said a staff member from the hotel followed the two when they left, and police recovered two vending machine keys used to open the game room coin machine.
A Cayuga Drive man reported more than $6,350 in loss and damage after someone gained entrance to his home and garage following a Nov. 23 fire, Niagara Falls police reported. The man said his Social Security check was also stolen from his mailbox sometime the previous day. The 49-year-old man said he had been staying in a local motel since Dec. 1 and someone entered his locked home and garage, damaging a cell phone, laptop and antique dish set and stealing a $1,200 Nikon camera, two watches valued at $1,000 and several thousand dollars worth of tools, including a tool box, sander, saw, screwguns and generators.