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Police investigating use of stolen state benefits card

NIAGARA FALLS – Police are trying to trace a purchase made at an area convenience store using a stolen New York State benefits card.

A Michigan Avenue man reported that the card was stolen sometime Tuesday or Wednesday from his backpack, either while he was grocery shopping or during a stop at a local soup kitchen. The card was later used to make a $170 purchase at a store on Pierce Avenue.

An investigation into the incident is continuing.