NIAGARA FALLS – Copper thieves caused an estimated $3,600 damage to a vacant 20th Street home recently while stealing copper worth $500, police said.

The thief or thieves broke through a boarded-up basement window to access the house within the past two weeks, then ripped out kitchen cabinets, bathroom closet and shower to get to the copper pipes, police said. A water meter also was stolen, police added.