Javel Lugo, 24, of Breckenridge Avenue, who was arrested by Buffalo Police Officer Karin Franco as he was counting a large amount of stolen currency and taking inventory of stolen property in front of store clerks and customers at the front counter of a 7-11 Store less than an hour after two late night North Buffalo house burglaries May 14, pleaded guilty Tuesday before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to four counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of attempted second-degree burglary for six North Buffalo burglaries since 2011.
Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said Lugo faces up to 74 years in state prison when he is returned for sentencing by the judge Sept. 5.
Lauding Officer Franco for her fast-moving actions in the store on Delaware Avenue early on May 15, hours after Lugo’s latest crime spree which involved late night burglaries at two North Buffalo houses and his attempts to break into two other North Buffalo houses only to be scared away by “vigilant” neighbors, Sedita also credited Assistant District Attorney Michael Smith for getting Lugo to plead guilty to the highest charges he would have faced if he had gone to trial in several months.
In addition to the May 2014 crimes Lugo pleaded guilty to similar North Buffalo late night house burglaries in both 2011 and 2013, Sedita noted. The judge remanded Lugo to jail pending his sentencing.