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NIAGARA FALLS – A thief beat the repo man to the punch recently, stealing a 2012 Ford targeted for repossession from a Ferry Avenue residence.

The $20,000 car, owned by a woman who recently died, was scheduled to be picked up last week by the repossession company, police said. When the employee arrived at the home with an estate executor, however, they discovered the car missing from the garage. Police, who found no evidence at the scene, noted the former owner had no living relatives and had not sold the car.