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NEWFANE – More than 250 feet of copper pipe, valued at $2,500, was reported stolen in a vacant building, following an inspection for a property owner on Thursday.

The copper pipes were removed from the apartment building as well as from a garage apartment behind the main residence in the 2700 block of Main Street, according to Niagara County sheriff’s deputies.

Newfane Building Inspector Douglas Nankey told deputies that the bank-owned building has been abandoned for quite some time and said he boarded up the property on Sept. 22, 2010.

Entry appears to have been made through basement doors, said deputies. The copper was removed from the water meter to the hot water tank in the basement. In the garage apartment the copper was removed on the first floor of the garage and also at the water heater, said deputies.