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LOCKPORT – A Buffalo man faces mandatory state prison time after admitting in Niagara County Court Thursday that he stole more than $1,000 worth of designer jeans from the Saks Off 5th store in the Fashion Outlets, Town of Niagara, on June 29.

It will be the fourth trip to state prison for Tracy T. Rhym, 49, of LaSalle Avenue, who faces sentencing for fourth-degree grand larceny on July 9. County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas promised to give him the minimum sentence of 1 1/2 to three years, but imprisonment is mandatory because Rhym is a repeat felon.

His criminal resume includes an Erie County grand larceny conviction in 2010, for which he was on parole when he was charged with stuffing thousands of dollars worth of clothing into a trash bag in the Saks store. He also went to prison for a 2003 robbery and a 1989 grand larceny and forgery case.