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Falls man charged with multiple auto break-ins

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man was arraigned Wednesday in Niagara County Court on a 17-count indictment accusing him of breaking into seven different vehicles in that city between May 31 and Aug. 30.

Gregory A. Stephens, 51, of B Street, was on parole at the time of the alleged crimes, Assistant District Attorney Joel M. Grundy said. Stephens is currently jailed as a parole violator after serving about a year of a 3 1/2-to-7-year sentence for third-degree burglary. That means any sentence he is given if he is convicted in the auto break-ins would be served after he completes his parole time, County Judge Sara Sheldon said.

Stephens is charged with seven counts of auto stripping, six counts of criminal mischief and four counts of petit larceny. The break-ins occurred at locations including the Seneca Niagara Casino, the parking ramp of the former Rainbow Center Mall, the Dupont Co. plant and a hotel, Grundy said.