NIAGARA FALLS – Vandals broke into a construction site in the 3100 block of Ninth Street overnight Thursday, stealing tools and other items and causing damage to a pair of apartments under construction.
Police said that the fenced-in site was entered between 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday, with the door of a job trailer being pulled off its hinges.
The intruders stole four sets of keys to various pieces of heavy machinery located throughout the work zone, but police said that none of the vehicles had been damaged or moved. A punch clock valued at $2,500 was stolen from the trailer as well.
The intruders then entered an apartment under construction at the west end of the work site, causing an estimated $1,500 damage to the walls of the building in order to steal $150 worth of copper piping. About 80 feet of piping – which had been spray painted bright orange in order to deter such thefts – was taken.
The door of another apartment was kicked in, causing about $100 worth of damage, and a vinyl window valued at $400 was reported stolen. In all, about $3,300 worth of damage and loss was reported.
Investigators said that they have been in contact with local scrap yards to be on the lookout for the painted piping, which is commonly sold as scrap.