NEWFANE — A Hope Lane home that has been condemned by Town of Newfane building inspectors after it was raided twice this year for hosting a methamphetamine lab was recently broken into.
According to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, a woman reported that she arrived at the home Tuesday and found a window open, a couch inside flipped over and a purse was missing.
The woman said her mother owns the house at 6437 Hope Lane but has not stayed there for several years. She added the house was being rented out to Sean Smith, plus Smith's girlfriend and daughter.
Smith was arrested in January, and again in June for manufacturing meth inside the home.
When town officials determined the house was going to be condemned, no one who lived in the house was allowed to retrieve their property at that time. The keys to the house were also confiscated and given to the woman.
The woman — who is the only person authorized to enter the house — said Smith's girlfriend has been trying for several weeks to retrieve her belongings, but has been unable to find transportation.
The woman told deputies that she arrived at the house around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and saw the open window, which was supposed to be boarded up. She entered the house and saw the couch flipped over and noticed the purse, belonging to Smith's girlfriend, was missing.
Because of the poor living conditions, the woman was unsure if anything else was missing.
Smith's girlfriend was contacted, and she denied entering the house. She told deputies that her purse contained a cell phone, two debit cards and a few personal items. While deputies were on location, the girlfriend's daughter arrived and said a pair of sneakers were missing from her bedroom.