A fifth defendant in a burglary ring that targeted homes last year in the Southtowns admitted Thursday that he was involved in three of the crimes.
Daniel Lauber, 22, of Gold Street, pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted second-degree burglary in connection with break-ins May 29 on Kaiser Road in the Town of Concord and June 11 on Liberia Road in Marilla, as well as an attempted break-in June 11 at another home on Liberia Road in Marilla.
He was indicted in December on two burglary charges and one attempted-burglary charge and was arrested Jan. 13 on a warrant issued after the indictment.
He could face three to seven years in prison on each count when he is sentenced March 28 by State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang.
Four other defendants in the burglary ring have pleaded guilty and await sentencing by Wolfgang.
They were arrested June 13 at a store on Route 20A in Marilla, shortly after a woman alerted the Erie County Sheriff’s Office about their suspicious behavior.
The defendants, all from Buffalo’s Lovejoy section, drove to secluded homes in the Southtowns during the day, knocked on doors and kicked them in when no one answered, said Assistant District Attorney Paul E. Bonanno.
They then stole items and sold them at pawnshops, Bonanno said. Besides the homes in Concord and Marilla, the ring targeted residences in Orchard Park, Holland, Wales and Boston, authorities said.