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Elderly Niagara Falls residents victimized by break-ins; car is stolen

NIAGARA FALLS – Elderly homeowners were the victims of a pair of break-ins Friday, including one in which the victim’s car was among the items stolen.

Police said burglars entered a Third Street residence sometime between 4:30 p.m. Thursday and 1:45 p.m. Friday by forcing open a rear door.

The 86-year-old resident was hospitalized at the time of the break-in.

A television set was stolen from the living room of the home, along with $400 in cash. The keys to a 2007 Nissan Altima were also stolen, as was the vehicle itself. The victim valued the stolen items at $10,000, and police said an inventory would be necessary to determine whether anything else was missing from the home.

In a separate case, a broken window alarm sent police to the home of a 90-year-old North Avenue resident at 10:45 p.m. Friday. Officers found a broken kitchen window, footprints in the snow around the area and a garbage can that had been overturned beneath the broken window, possibly to enable access to the broken window.

A large brick was found on the floor inside the residence, but it was not clear whether entry to the residence had been gained.

Nothing was reported missing from the home.