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NIAGARA FALLS – A thief made off with $300 worth of cash and gift cards after robbing a woman outside her Wrobel Towers apartment Friday evening, police said.

The 51-year-old victim had just taken a pair of bags from her car, shortly before 8 p.m., and was heading back into her Niagara Avenue home when a man grabbed the bags from behind. The woman refused to let go, police said, and the larger of the two bags split, spilling gifts and gift cards onto the ground.

The thief fled on foot toward Ontario Avenue. After retrieving the spilled items, the woman realized she was missing a pair of $50 gift cards, as well as four gift boxes, each containing $50 in cash.