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September 28, 2012

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — An off-duty Niagara County Sheriff's deputy caught a thief and recovered a city man's stolen GPS unit early Thursday.

Shortly after 12 a.m., Deputy Joe Tortorella was driving home from work, on Upper Mountain Road between Blackman and Cambria roads, when he observed three males walking in the driveways of area residences. Tortorella approached the males on foot and one of them, an unnamed 15-year-old, confessed he was carrying a Magellan RoadMate GPS unit that he'd taken out of someone's vehicle several days earlier.

The juvenile was carrying a black Nike drawstring bag that also contained an 8 GB silver-and-black iPod, a Subway rewards card, a Jim's SteakOut card, a Smith & Wesson tactical knife and one 12-gauge shotgun round, according to the sheriff's report.

The juvenile was taken home by a deputy after questioning at the sheriff's office. The two males that he was with also were questioned, according to the report.

Deputies used GPS registration information to track down its owner, a Trowbridge Street man who had earlier reported his vehicle was rummaged through overnight Tuesday-Wednesday.

The Nike bag and contents apparently did not belong to that man, according to the report.