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NIAGARA FALLS – A 94-year-old woman told police Monday morning that she was awakend by flashing lights downstairs and when she went downstairs to investigate she found a person had been rifling through a desk in her dining room.

Police said the intruder, who escaped before the woman came downstairs, had pried open a dining room window just before 2 a.m. in the 2900 block of Michigan Avenue, and had quietly been pulling out desk drawers and scattering papers onto the floor.

About $300 worth of costume jewelry and a white and gold cameo diamond ring were stolen from a jewelry box on a table. The woman said there was about $10,000 in cash in the desk, but it was not clear whether any of it was taken.