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The former manager of a Cheektowaga manufacturing firm has admitted stealing $160,000 worth of metal parts from his employer last year and selling them to local scrap metal dealers.

Albert Manns Jr., 34, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty Monday before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang to second-degree grand larceny for taking the metal from Cole-Tech Industries at 3852 Broadway, where he had worked for more than a year. The company uses the metal parts to make fittings, tubing and valves.

Between Jan. 1, 2013, and Oct. 24, 2013, Manns loaded metal parts on a truck and took them to scrap dealers who paid him based on the weight of the metal, prosecutors said. He received $35,000 to $36,000 for the metal, mostly stainless steel but also other metals, they said.

Some of the metal parts were still in their packaging and hadn’t been opened.

Prosecutors said Manns used the money to support his drug addiction.

The thefts were discovered when company officials noticed shortages of certain metal parts and did an inventory, prosecutors said.

None of the parts was recovered. Manns has signed a confession of judgment for the stolen goods.

Manns faces a maximum prison sentence of five to 15 years when he is sentenced March 25, according to Assistant District Attorney Brian P. Dassero.