Two Buffalo men are being held on charges they were part of a burglary ring that broke into four Southtowns homes, tried to enter another and planned to hit two others over a one-month period before they were arrested in June.
Sean Guthrie, 20, of East Lovejoy Street, and Joseph Harden, 19, of North Ogden Street pleaded innocent before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller to burglary charges in connection with daytime break-ins at homes between May 15 and June 19 in Orchard Park, Holland, Marilla, Wales, Concord and Boston, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.
They were accused along with two others of driving up to secluded homes, knocking on the door and kicking it in if no one answered, then stealing items that they sold at pawnshops, said Assistant District Attorney Paul E. Bonnano.
The four suspects targeted seven homes until they were arrested in June at a Yellow Goose store on Route 20A in Marilla, shortly after a woman alerted the Sheriff’s Office to their suspicious behavior.
Guthrie is charged with four counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree conspiracy to commit burglary and one count of tampering with physical evidence for allegedly telling a girlfriend to hide his some of the stolen goods. He was ordered held on $100,000 bail.
Harden was charged with four counts of second-degree burglary, one count of second-degree attempted burglary and two counts of fourth-degree conspiracy to commit burglary. He was ordered held on $50,000 bail.
Two other defendants, Jeremy Agosto, 22, of Greene Street, and Ryan Zaskowski, 17, of Davey Street, have pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and conspiracy and face sentencing by State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang in November.