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March 30, 2014

Teens arrested following Lock Street home invasion

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Three teens face larceny charges after police say they kicked in the door of a Lock Street home and held the homeowners at bay with an airsoft gun while stealing electronic equipment. 

According to the Lockport Police Department, 19-year-old Maria Parete of Hawley Street and two 16-year-old males — one of Garden Street and the other of Lock Street — were among a group who brandished what the residents of 287 Lock Street had believed to be a pistol and stole several Playstations, a laptop computer and other assorted property.

Officers from the Lockport Police Department, Niagara County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police descended on the around 11 p.m. Saturday and "quickly took several suspects into custody as they ran out the door of the home," according to a press release from the Lockport Police Department.

Two other suspects ran from the scene but were tracked down by a K-9 unit from the Lewiston Police Department. 

After the robbery, interviews conducted by LPD detectives and investigators from New York State Police and the Niagara County Sheriff's Office — and consultation from the Niagara County District Attorney's office — it was determined that Parete would be charged along with the two 16-year-old boys. They all face first-degree robbery charges. 

Parete also was charged with seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance for a number of prescription pills that were found on her for which she did not have a valid prescription.

Police say further charges are pending and the investigation remains open.

There were no injuries reported from the incident.

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