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Falls home burglarized two nights in a row while residents sleep

A Niagara Avenue home was burglarized twice in a 24-hour period, Niagara Falls police said, each time while the homeowner and his son were sleeping in a nearby room. A $30,000 gold Rolex President watch and $10,000 worth of other jewelry was stolen in one of the break-ins.

Police initially responded to the home Friday morning after the resident found that someone had removed a window pane from a rear bedroom while he slept. The glass was found "neatly'' placed on the ground outside the west side of the residence, officers said. A small triangle of glass had also been cut from a front window in the area of the window lock, according to police reports. That piece of glass was found on the porch of the home.

The homeowner told police he was heavily intoxicated during the evening and could not remember anything else, including whether he, himself, may have altered the glass in an attempt to enter the residence. He reported that he was unable to find $900 in cash that had been left on a living room coffee table.

On Saturday morning police returned to the home after the same man reported that someone had broken out a first-floor window overnight while he and his son slept nearby. The intruder rifled through drawers in the bedroom, removing $10,000 worth of assorted jewelry, about $1,000 worth of change that had been stored in a glass jar, and the Rolex watch, which had been "hidden" inside a closet.

The victim told police that the intruder was captured on surveillance video and resembled a man he knows. An investigation is continuing.

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