Resident walks in on burglar
A New Road woman interrupted a burglary when she returned home late Thursday morning.
The woman said when she entered the home about 11:45 a.m. she found the front door partially open and signs some had been rummaging through items in the home. While on the phone with her husband, the woman heard a basement door slam and saw a man run up the stairs and out a back door.
Sheriff's deputies searched the house and grounds and did not find a suspect. Nothing was reported missing from the house.
The intruder is described as a person of unknown race, wearing white and black sneakers, dark jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt.
The basement of the home is being treated as a crime scene, according to the sheriff's office.
Man charged with vehicle break-ins
A Cambria man was charged Friday in connection with an early November string of vehicle break-ins.
Kelsey Russell, 20, faces five counts of petit larceny stemming from a string of thefts from vehicles in the Cambria area on Nov. 7. Russell was charged after a month-long investigation by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police.
Russell was arraigned in Cambria Town Court and released from police custody. He's due back in court Jan. 15, according to the sheriff's office.
• THEFT: Police are investigating a van break-in in the 5600 block of Stephenson Avenue. A man told officers that sometime between 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7:20 a.m. Thursday someone broke into his unlocked 2008 Chevy van. The victim said a large number of power tools were taken.
• THEFT: Officers are looking into a van break-in in the 3300 block of Walnut Avenue. A 26-year-old man told police that sometime between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday someone broke into his 2005 Chevy van by punching out the lock on the rear doors. The victim said a large number of power tools were taken.
• THEFT: Police are investigating a van break-in in the 1100 block of 20th Street. A 54-year-old man told officers that sometime between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 6:15 a.m. Thursday someone broke into his 2012 Chevy van by punching out the lock on the rear doors. The victim said a large number of power tools and construction materials were taken.