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LOCKPORT – A man with a crowbar and hammer who tried to access a control panel at a Lincoln Avenue car wash Tuesday morning caused $4,000 in damage, according to Niagara County sheriff’s deputies.

The owner of Laser Car Wash said he received an email just after 7 a.m. that alerted him of a problem with the control panel. He said when he arrived at the car wash, he saw a man with a crowbar and a hammer in his hands. He told deputies he confronted the man from his car and grabbed the hammer from before the man fled.

Security video from cameras at the car wash and a nearby drug store have been provided to deputies. The investigation continued Tuesday night.