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Burglary suspect says he’s just trying to make a living

NIAGARA FALLS – City police were doing their job Monday morning, investigating a burglary in progress, when they caught a man who says he was doing his job - with alleged burglary tools in hand.

Craig A. Mathis, 43, of Tronolone Place, was caught coming up from the basement of a vacant house at 1 a.m. Monday in the 2200 block of Grand Avenue - flashlight in hand with a backpack that contained two hack saws and a screwdriver.

When arrested, Mathis told officers he was “just trying to make a living,” police reported. Asked about the suspected burglary tools in his bag, he said he was “seeing what I could get ‘cause I need money,” police reported. He also said he knew the house was vacant and owned by the bank.

Police took exception to Mathis’ career choice and he was arrested without incident. His bag of tools was also placed into evidence.

Mathis was charged with possession of burglary tools and released on his own recognizance after appearing in City Court on Monday.

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