A Buffalo man pleaded guilty today to participating in a burglary ring that staged a series of daytime break-ins last year in the Southtowns.
Sean Guthrie, 21, admitted to all of the criminal charges – four counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree conspiracy and one count of tampering with physical evidence.
He admitted breaking into four homes last May and June in Orchard Park, Boston, Concord and Holland with other members of the five-member ring. Members of the ring are residents of Buffalo’s Lovejoy neighborhood.
He also admitted planning with the other suspects to break into homes June 13 in Wales and Marilla and telling his girlfriend to hide an autographed football taken in one of the burglaries.
Guthrie faces up to 15 years in prison when sentenced March 12 by State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang. He also faces charges in two burglaries in Wyoming County.
Guthrie and three other suspects were arrested June 13 at a store on Route 20A in Marilla, shortly after a woman alerted the Erie County Sheriff’s Office to their suspicious behavior.
The three others – Joseph Harden, 19, of North Ogden Street; Jeremy Agosto, 22, of Greene Street; and Ryan Zaskowski, 17, of Davey Street – have pleaded guilty and await sentencing by Wolfgang.
A fifth suspect, Daniel Lauber, 22, of Gold Street, pleaded not guilty last week to two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of second-degree attempted burglary.
The burglary ring drove to secluded homes during the day, knocked on their 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.