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NIAGARA FALLS – A man was spotted rummaging through two houseboats docked at the LaSalle Yacht Club early Sunday, and police suspect he boarded several other boats at the facility, stealing items from one.

Niagara Falls police said the resident of a boat docked at the South 68th Street facility told police he was below deck about 7 a.m. when he encountered a man stacking tools and other belongings. The intruder told the boat owner that he thought the boat was for sale before fleeing, police said.

Moments later, a similar scenario played out on a houseboat nearby. However, the owner of that board discovered later that tools and a pair of binoculars were missing, police said. The loss was placed at $238.