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Loot left behind leaves riddle in Falls break-in

NIAGARA FALLS -- A burglar left an Ashland Avenue home with less than he had originally intended Saturday, police said.

The burglar reached through a broken window of a back door and entered the apartment sometime between 2 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday, police said. Once inside, the burglar stole a $125 necklace off a living room table. The thief also collected two portable television sets and a DVD player, setting them near a doorway of the home, but left without taking them along, police said.


Welder and air compressor missing in heavy-duty thefts

ROYALTON -- Niagara County sheriff's deputies are investigating a pair of brazen thefts, including an incident in which someone backed a pickup onto a Hollenbeck Road property to steal a trailer loaded with a $7,000 welder.

The trailer and welder were stolen before noon Friday, from the south side of the property, owned by a Gasport resident, deputies said.

Deputies said it took at least two people to haul away a heavy air compressor from a work site on Humphrey Road in the Town of Hartland. The compressor, valued at $1,100, is owned by Roberts Roofing. It was stolen overnight Thursday, deputies added.


Drug treatment flunky wins demotion to prison

LOCKPORT -- A Newfane burglar who washed out of a drug treatment program was sentenced by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to two years in prison and three years of post-release supervision.

Matthew A. Venne, 23, of Redwood Lane, had been admitted to the judicial diversion program in May 2011 after pleading guilty to stealing pills from a Newfane mobile home Oct. 7, 2010.

In another case Thursday, Farkas sentenced Joseph A. Bishara to five years of probation for two burglaries.

Bishara, 22, of John Street, Niagara Falls, stole copper pipes July 31 from a home being renovated on Ontario Avenue in the Falls.

He also was tied by DNA evidence to an Aug. 30, 2010, home burglary on Joann Circle in the Town of Niagara.


Falls man gets three years behind bars for 2 break-ins

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man was sent to prison for three years Thursday for a pair of 2011 burglaries.

Nicholas A. Cimino III, 28, of Niemel Drive, had pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree burglary for stealing about $8,000 worth of property from homes in Zito Drive in the Falls and A Street in the Cayuga Village mobile home park, Town of Niagara.

Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. also imposed five years of post-release supervision on Cimino.


Centre Avenue house demolished after blaze

NIAGARA FALLS -- Fire of undetermined origin damaged a vacant Centre Avenue property that had to be demolished Saturday, police and fire officials said.

The fire occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday and was brought under control quickly. The building is owned by a downstate resident, according to records. No loss estimate was available.


Theft of cash, piggy bank opens pair of investigations

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are investigating the theft of $641 from a restaurant in the One Niagara Building on Rainbow Boulevard.

The money from Little Italy restaurant was stolen Friday morning, police said,

In another break-in, a burglar made off with $50 and a piggy bank during a break-in between 8 and 9:30 p.m. Friday at a McKoon Avenue home. Police said a window air-conditioner was dislodged to gain entry.


Man skids to guilty plea in 2011 theft of snowmobile

LOCKPORT -- A man pleaded guilty Friday to being caught with a stolen snowmobile last year.

David Mount Pleasant, 28, of Upper Mountain Road, admitted to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He faces a prison term of up to four years when he returns before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas Sept. 21.

State police found the 2003 Arctic Cat on Mount Pleasant's front lawn Feb. 16, 2011. It had been reported stolen in Erie County.

Mount Pleasant said he would continue to cooperate with troopers' efforts to recover another snowmobile and a trailer reported stolen at the same time.