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NIAGARA FALLS – A 78-year old North Avenue man said he left his vehicle unattended in his driveway Monday for a short time and returned to find that more than $7,600 in cash, casino receipts and his Social Security check were taken.

The victim said that he parked his car in his driveway in the 1100 block of North Avenue and discovered later that $2,900 in cash, his Social Securty check and casino receipts were taken from the door of his Buick.

He said several youth were in the yard who were supposed to be cutting the grass, as well as a woman who lived down the street. Police questioned the woman who told police she was in the yard helping the youth get the lawnmower started.

The man said he would be able to cancel his check and casino receipts so they could not be cashed.