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NIAGARA FALLS – Car burglars made their return to the downtown area on New Year’s Eve, breaking into multiple vehicles in at least three different locations, city police said.

In each instance, a front passenger side window was smashed out to permit entry to the vehicle, according to reports. Items taken included global positioning systems and other electronics, car stereos, personal effects and cash. In all, well over $1,000 worth of property was reported stolen.

Police said that between 5 p.m. Monday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, cars were broken into in parking lots at First and Niagara streets, at the Days Inn motel on Main Street, and in the 400 blocks of Third and Main streets. The victims were from Lockport, Buffalo, Penfield, Belmont and New Jersey, police said.

Police have added patrols downtown in recent months after a spate of such incidents since summertime. Many of the break-ins have targeted tourists and other visitors to the downtown area.