LOCKPORT – A man who took part in the looting of about $50,000 worth of copper wire and other metal objects from the Summit Mall in Wheatfield more than two years ago was rewarded Tuesday for his diligence in the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.
Anthony C. LoPiccolo, 45, of Colvin Boulevard, Niagara Falls, saw his charge reduced from third-degree grand larceny to second-degree criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. placed him on three years’ probation, with the time spent in diversion counting toward that total.
“I never had any legal trouble until I was 42 years old. My crime was entirely drug-related,” said LoPiccolo, one of two men who pleaded guilty in connection with the January 2012 thefts. The other defendant, Patrick J. Dugan, 30, of Walmore Road, Wheatfield, also went into diversion.
In another case before Kloch Tuesday, David J. Thoman, 39, of 79th Street, Niagara Falls, drew five years’ probation for felony driving while intoxicated. He was arrested Sept. 28 in the Town of Niagara.