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Bank cards used within minutes of Niagara Falls woman's purse being stolen

A woman's bank cards were used to fraudulently purchase $900 worth of gift cards within minutes of her purse being stolen Saturday morning, Niagara Falls police reported.

The victim, a Pasadena Avenue resident, told police that her car was broken into around 10:45 a.m. while parked in front of the Home Decor Outlet, 8297 Niagara Falls Blvd. Surveillance cameras in the area revealed a thin black male wearing a dark coat and a "New York"-style baseball cap smashing the car's driver's side window and removing the purse from within. The man then fled the area on foot.

The victim learned that her bank cards had been used at a nearby Walmart Supercenter, as well as at a nearby Rite Aid store, where a clerk told police that a black male matching the description of the suspect used a credit card to purchase $900 worth of gift cards. Police hope to identify the suspect once they are able to review surveillance video footage from the store.

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