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NIAGARA FALLS – Someone forced their way into a Zito Drive residence while the owner was out Friday evening and stole nearly $1,300 worth of electronics, police said.

The resident told police he left his home at 9:30 p.m. and returned about six hours later to find the front door had been forced open. A 54-inch flat-screen television was missing, along with X-Box and Playstation 2 video game consoles, and several game cartridges for each unit.

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – Police are investigating a series of recent thefts from the A&A Beauty Supply store on Davison Road after a co-owner reported Friday that someone tried to cash a stolen check from the business.

The owner was contacted by his bank after a woman tried to cash a check for over $1,800. Bank personnel were alerted due to a suspicious-looking signature on the check, sheriff’s deputies said, and learned that the check had not been authorized by anyone at the business.

The owner told deputies there have been other, smaller thefts from the business in recent weeks and sheriff’s investigators launched a probe into the suspicious activity.

NIAGARA FALLS – A 1995 BMW was heavily damaged by fire early Saturday, the cause of which remains unknown.

The owner of the car, a LaSalle Avenue man, told police he parked the vehicle in an apartment complex lot in the 200 block of Portage Road around 11 p.m. Friday and entered a nearby building. Around 1:30 a.m. he heard “”explosions’’ and then sirens and noticed the car was afire.

Damage to the vehicle was listed at about $2,000. An investigation into the cause is continuing.