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Niagara Coach Lines offices ransacked; computer taken

NIAGARA FALLS -- Offices were entered, ransacked and burglarized over the weekend at Niagara Falls Coach Lines on 13th Street.

Niagara Falls police found at 5 a.m. Monday that someone threw a concrete block through a window. A security manager said an area of offices where petty cash used to be kept was ransacked.

He said that they had been burglarized in the past and no longer stored cash there. However, a burglar alarm was not active, he told police.

A computer tower and monitor, valued at $700, were stolen and damage to the window was listed at $275.

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Olcott man accused of exposing himself

OLCOTT -- A McKee Road man was charged with public lewdness Tuesday after a Wilson resident complained about a man exposing himself.

Richard. L. Baldwin, 27, also was charged with obstructing governmental administration.

Baldwin fled when police, investigating a report from a jogger that a man stopped his vehicle Aug. 6 on Lake Road in Wilson and exposed himself, went to his house. Troopers found hin hiding in his backyard.

Baldwin was arraigned in Wilson Town Court for public lewdness and in Newfane Town Court for obstructing governmental administration.

A total of $4,000 bail was set in the two cases.

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Safe containing cash, gun stolen from home

PORTER -- Nearly $2,000 in cash, a Ruger .38-caliber gun, a box of ammunition and personal papers were in a safe reported stolen overnight Monday from the bedroom of a home in the 1600 block of Lake Road.

The 54-year-old victim told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that she returned from work at noon and found that someone broke in and took the safe lock key and safe.

The victim said she found the bedroom window open, a plant knocked over, a desk drawer wide open and the bedroom ransacked, with clothes strewn about.

She told deputies that she suspects a family member with a drug problem.

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$50 stolen from can at fruit stand

NEWFANE -- The sign on a can of change at a fruit stand on Ridge Road said, "Leave money in the can." So instead of taking just the money, a thief stole the entire can.

The owner of the Peterson Farm Market told Niagara County sheriff's deputies Monday that someone entered the fruit stand in front of his house and removed the can from under a shelf.

There was no sign of forced entry and the owner said the doors were unlocked. Total loss was $50.

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Vehicles broken into at hotels in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- A number of vehicles parked at hotels were broken into overnight, Niagara Falls police said Monday. A man seen in the area trying to enter cars was arrested.

At the Quality Inn on Niagara Falls Boulevard, a driver's side window was broken in a 2012 rental car, but nothing was reported stolen.

At the Super 8 on Niagara Falls Boulevard, two side windows in a van were broken. Reported stolen were a GPS and a center console containing personal papers. Total loss and damage was $520. Another van was vandalized and a side window was broken. No losses were reported.

A 2011 rental car at the Comfort Inn on Prospect Street had a side window broken and a $200 iPod was stolen, police said.

A Niagara Falls Boulevard restaurant manager called police just after 9 a.m. Monday when he saw a man attempting to enter vehicles in his parking lot. Police found Jeffery T. Mazur, 59, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, in the lot and charged him with criminal tampering.

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Former inmate denies smuggling drugs

LOCKPORT -- A former Niagara County Jail inmate who allegedly smuggled drugs into his cell Jan. 5 was arraigned Tuesday in State Supreme Court.

Patrick J. Dugan, 28, of Walmore Road, Wheatfield, pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree promoting prison contraband and one count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Assistant District Attorney Joseph A. Scalzo said Dugan was found semiconscious in his cell with a bottle of pills in his hand. The bottle allegedly contained an assortment of painkillers and sleeping pills.

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Falls woman arrested in threat with knife

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 21st Street woman was arrested after another woman was threatened with knife as she sat in a car at 4 a.m. Monday in the 1400 block of Robinson Court.

Tommika E. Robinson, 24, was charged with second-degree menacing. The victim told police that Robinson approached the passenger side of the car with a flashlight and threatened to kill her with a knife.

The driver of the car said she called police when Robinson attempted to enter her side of the car.

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