Quick police work led to the arrest of a Niagara Falls man after an 81-year-old woman was victimized in a home invasion late Friday.
Niagara Falls Police said the woman was watching television inside her Whitney Avenue home just after 11 p.m. when two men entered through a side door, both wearing face masks and one armed with a handgun.
The intruders took her TV and the armed man shoved her when she tried to object, police said. On their way out, they also stole the woman's purse, containing credit cards, a checkbook and various personal effects.
Police checked the area for video surveillance cameras and located one showing two men ducking into a house in the 1700 block of Pierce Avenue just after the burglary. After arousing someone inside, they entered and recovered the stolen television set and the missing purse — minus the credit cards and some cash.
Christopher S. Pugh, 29, who listed a Weston Avenue address, was charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree harassment, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny. Police said that Pugh professed his innocence and claimed to be taking the fall for two other men. An investigation is continuing.