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Raid recovers array of electronic items

Niagara Falls police detectives seized suspected stolen property worth thousands of dollars during a court-authorized raid late Thursday at a Cleveland Avenue home.

Eight flat-screen television sets, 11 laptop computers, five desktop computers and nine video game systems were among the items found in the home on the 2200 block of Cleveland, which is in the city's North End, Detective Lt. Michael Trane said.

"We're continuing our investigation; we haven't charged anyone yet," Trane said several hours after the raid. "We absolutely think this is stolen property, and we're trying to match up the serial numbers of the recovered items with items that have been reported stolen."

Trane said detectives have been tracking a series of burglaries in which thieves have been focusing on flat-screen TVs, computers, video game systems and other electronic devices.

"We've had 36 reported burglaries in the past month in the city, and these items seem to be what the burglars are looking for," Trane said. "We'll be hammering away at burglaries, as we do with drug dealing and violent crimes."

Investigators obtained a search warrant for the Cleveland Avenue home after repeatedly receiving information that stolen property was being taken to that location, Trane said.

Although police were seen taking a man out of the home in handcuffs, no charges will be filed until police link the recovered property with items that have been reported stolen, authorities said.

e-mail: dherbeck@buffnews.com

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