NIAGARA FALLS – Copper thieves hit two residences, one of them occupied and one vacant, stealing hundreds of dollars worth of copper pipe from the basements.

A property manager told police Wednesday that an upstairs tenant in an apartment in the 1800 block of 16th Street called when he was without water. The manager said he discovered that 70-feet of copper pipe, valued a $500, had been stolen from the basement. There was no sign of forced entry, but the downstairs apartment had been vacant, reported police.

A vacant building in the 2000 block of LaSalle Avenue was found vandalized on Thursday morning by police.

The owner of the vacant building said someone smashed a window in a rear entrance door and cut the tops off two hot water tanks and stole about 8 feet of copper pipe from the tanks and another 8 feet of copper pipe from a basement sink. The total value is $200.