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Vandals trash Falls bowling alley closed due to Covid-19 outbreak

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NIAGARA FALLS – Vandals caused an estimated $1,200 worth of damage and stole TVs and a laptop from a Pine Avenue bowling alley that has been closed for the past two months due to the Covid-19 outbreak, police said.

The owner of the Bowl-O-Drome told police that he checks his business daily during the pandemic, and that it was intact as of 9:30 p.m. last Sunday. When he arrived around 6 a.m. Monday, he discovered that a rear door off an alleyway was open, and that someone had "trashed" the bar area and poured oil all over the lanes. The glass panels on a pair of vending machines were broken, and an automated teller machine was pried open and "left in pieces."

A scratch-off lottery machine had also sustained heavy damage, and a large flat-screen television that had recently been installed had its screen broken.

Officers said that nine flat-screen televisions that were due to be installed this week had been stolen, along with a laptop computer. An estimated $1,500 was missing from the ATM, although no money was taken from the vending machines. The missing TVs were valued at $900, and the laptop at $600.

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