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NIAGARA FALLS – A Grand Island man discovered major damage to his Walnut Avenue rental property when he tried to show it to a prospective tenant Saturday, police said.

The owner told police he found a side door unlocked and open, and noticed that copper plumbing and a faucet had been cut and removed from the basement. The thieves also disabled a hot water tank after removing pipes connected to it, and six sheets of marble, valued at $800, were stolen from a basement work table.

The loss was estimated at $3,700. Police believe the thief accessed the house through a basement window.