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PENDLETON – A .308 caliber rifle and more than 50 rounds of ammunition were reportedly found by a man who spotted a black case on the side of Lockport Road and stopped to investigate.

A 51-year-old Lockport man told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday morning that he spotted the black case while he was driving home at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Deputies said the black case contained a .308 caliber Ruger rifle, a full 10-round magazine and approximately 50 rounds of .ammunition, all valued at $1,200.

The man who found the rifle said he brought it home and waited to see if there was any information in the newspaper. He then called police Tuesday after he read a report of guns stolen from a Niagara Falls home last week.

But according to Niagara County sheriff’s deputies, the serial number on the rifle the man found did not match any stolen gun. The case is now under investigation by the Niagara County Sheriff Criminal Investigation Bureau.