One of three men who admitted breaking into two businesses – including a Buffalo scrap metal company where prosecutors say more than $90,000 was taken from a safe – was sentenced Thursday to five years’ probation and ordered to make restitution for his share of the loot.
Lloyd Flood, 19, of Stewart Avenue, had pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree burglary in the March 24 break-ins at Clinton Auto Wrecking at 1125 Clinton St. and Metalico Buffalo at 127 Fillmore Ave. He had faced a maximum prison sentence of seven years on each count.
Prosecutors said Flood and co-defendants Dakota Williams and Troy Jones broke into Metalico through the roof, after finding no cash at Clinton Auto Wrecking. Williams took $8,000 in cash and some lottery tickets from the Metalico safe. They divided up the cash, with Williams and Flood getting $3,000 each and Jones getting $2,000 and the lottery tickets.
After they split up, prosecutors said, Williams returned and took more cash.
Police recovered $350 and the lottery tickets from Jones, $1,500 from Flood and more than $10,000 from Williams when they were arrested in April.
State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia on Thursday ordered Flood to repay Metalico the remaining $1,500. He also granted him youthful offender status, sealing his criminal record.
Williams, 18, of East Delavan Avenue, and Jones, 19, of Reo Avenue, Cheektowaga, also had pleaded guilty.
Williams faces a restitution hearing and possible sentencing next Thursday before Buscaglia.
Jones was sentenced in November to one to three years in prison.