LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Wednesday in connection with an attempt to steal copper from a vacant house on Seventh Street in the Falls on April 6.
Albert A. Torres-Roman, 19, of Michigan Avenue, admitted to attempted third-degree burglary and will have to pay restitution of up to $1,000 as part of the sentence Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas will impose Jan. 29. Last week, co-defendant Jose C. Rivera, 22, of Michigan Avenue, pleaded guilty under the same terms. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 31. Farkas promised a sentence of no more than a year in jail.
About 150 feet of freshly cut copper pipe was found in the basement of the house after neighbors called police about intruders. One was caught at the scene, the other after a short chase on foot.