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NIAGARA FALLS – The caretaker of a house in the 600 block of 81st Street told police Wednesday that someone forced their way into a basement overnight and made off with $3,000 worth of copper pipe.

The caretaker said a rear basement window was forced and several feet of pipe was cut, then removed.

A possible witness told police he was awakened by a noise between 4 and 5 a.m. and saw a black Ford Explorer pulling out of the driveway. The loss was estimated at $3,300.