ROYALTON – An 86-year-old woman told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies Monday that someone forced open a locked kitchen window to gain entry to her home in the 9000 block of Telegraph Road, and stole her purse.

Deputies interviewed family members and learned that the victim had been to the casino on Sunday and it was known that she would be in possession of cash. Deputies also found that the phone line had been cut.

Reported stolen sometime between 10:30 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday was a brown leather purse with: eight $100 bills and one $20 bill; family photos, a driver’s license and a scratch off lottery ticket valued at $50.

A family member told deputies he found an overturned wheelbarrow under the kitchen window, which may have been used to gain entry, and a cigarette filter which may have been recently disposed of.