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Parolee wearing monitor arrested in shoplifting

WHEATFIELD -- A parolee wearing an ankle monitor has been arrested in connection with a Friday night shoplifting incident at the Sears store in The Summit mall, sheriff's deputies said.

Benjamin J. Dugan, 28, of Walmore Road, was charged with petit larceny in connection with the theft of a $50 pair of Sketchers sneakers, according to reports.

He told police he had not been at the mall, but at least two Sears employees told investigators that Dugan approached them inside the store, asking whether they remembered him.

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Police say intoxicated man hit homeowner with bottle

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said that a 20th Street man was intoxicated and being escorted out of a Memorial Parkway residence Saturday night when he attacked the homeowner, causing severe facial injuries.

Christopher J. Myke, 27, was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. and charged with second-degree felony assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

According to reports, the 46-year-old homeowner came home and found some co-workers drinking at his residence.

Myke was intoxicated and was asked to leave, at which time he broke a beer bottle over the man's head, then punched him in the face repeatedly, breaking his eyeglasses in the process.

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Fire heavily damages Falls man's vehicle

WHEATFIELD -- It was not immediately known what caused a fire that heavily damaged a Niagara Falls man's 2004 Ford Explorer on Saturday night, sheriff's deputies said.

The incident occurred just before 8 p.m. at a Niagara Falls Boulevard residence, where the father of the victim's girlfriend was trying to help fix the vehicle.

He tried to pull it into a garage, but it stalled and shortly thereafter broke into flames in the engine compartment.

The St. Johnsburg Fire Company responded to extinguish the fire.

No one was hurt. No damage estimate was given.

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Loss in Falls burglary is more than $1,200

NIAGARA FALLS -- Someone broke into an Ely Avenue home while the resident was away late Saturday, stealing more than $1,200 worth of belongings.

According to police, a front door to the home was forced open sometime between 10 p.m. and midnight.

Items stolen included a 42-inch television, a Wii video game console and $70 in coins, which was removed from a bedroom.

Police also investigated a break-in at a Buffalo Avenue residence in which an elderly man reported that $25 was stolen out of a birthday card stored in a box that also held an urn containing his mother-in-law's ashes.

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Four guns among items stolen from Newfane home

NEWFANE -- Four guns, including three pistols and a lever-action rifle, were stolen in a Saturday afternoon burglary of a Charlotteville Road home, sheriff's deputies reported.

The home was empty and unlocked when it was entered between 11:45 a.m. and 3 p.m., according to police reports.

Items were removed from a living room, kitchen and bedroom, including a 32-inch television and an assortment of coins taken from a hallway cabinet.

Guns taken included a 9 mm pistol, a .22-caliber pistol and rifle and a .380-caliber pistol.

The loss was estimated at $2,134.

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Car running with keys in it is stolen

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Niagara Avenue man left his keys in the ignition of his car while he went into a friend's home Sunday, emerging 15 minutes later to find the car had been stolen.

The 1992 Honda, worth $1,500, was stolen from the 1700 block of Ashland Avenue at about 2:15 p.m., police said.

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Check stolen, forged and cashed for $150

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police advised a Rochester man to seek an arrest warrant after a city woman apparently stole, forged and cashed one of his personal checks.

The victim told police he believes the check was taken while he was staying in the Buffalo Avenue Holiday Inn sometime between Sept. 11 and 14.

The cashed check, in the amount of $150, was made out in the name of a city woman, who police believe may have been a cleaner in the hotel at the time.

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Woman suspects niece in theft of gold rings

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Ninth Street woman told police she believes her niece may have been responsible for the recent theft of four gold rings from her home.

The woman was sitting on her front porch with relatives between 6 and 6:30 p.m. Friday when the theft apparently occurred, according to police.

The rings, valued at about $700, were removed from a dresser drawer, she told police.