Niagara Gazette

July 22, 2013

Cash from 'money soap' among items taken in Lockport Bon Ton burglary

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Hours after responding to an alarm at the Bon Ton, 5737 South Transit Road and finding nothing out of the ordinary on Sunday, Niagara County Sheriff's deputies again responded to an alarm at the business and found it had been burglarized.

Deputies first responded to the store for an alarm about 5 p.m. Sunday. A deputy and a store manager walked throughout the store, found nothing out of the ordinary, reset the alarm and left.

About 8:15 p.m. Sunday, the alarm at the store again sounded. Walking through the store again, deputies this time found two knives and a broken security tag near an exit door of the storage room.

Several clothing tags and security tags were found near the storage room door. In addition, deputies found 27 bars of "money soap" that had been opened and the money extracted — each bar could contain $1, $5, $10, $20 or even $50 bills.

Sheriff's crime scene personnel responded to the store and found several fingerprints on the bars of soap and other items left by the suspect.

Among the other items taken were a 14-piece knife set, several watches, a candle, a CK Bridge handbag, a dress, a few pieces of jewelry  and a Juicy Couture fragrance gift set. The total estimated loss is $930.