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Copper thefts reported at several vacant properties in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS – City police received reports of copper thefts at three vacant buildings. All three were bank-owned, abandoned buildings and the thefts were reported by a contractor for Niagara Removal Services on Tuesday.

In the 700 block of Spruce Avenue a vacant building was found with doors and windows damaged and unsecured and copper piping was stolen from throughout the building, as well as baseboard heaters, two kitchen sinks, two hot water tanks and a number of radiators. Total loss was $8,950. The date of the break-in was undetermined.

In the 500 block of Sixth Street, doors were found kicked in at three apartments in a four-unit apartment complex. The drywall was found damaged and at least $10,000 worth of copper was reported missing. Police said the building had been abandoned for an unknown period of time and it was undetermined if the theft happened before or after the bank took ownership.

In the 1000 block of 13th Street, copper piping was stolen from the basement and second floor. The date of the break-in was undetermined. Loss was estimated at $700.