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Summit Mall metal thief succeeds in diversion

LOCKPORT – A former Wheatfield man who took part in the theft of an estimated $50,000 worth of metal objects from the Summit Mall in Wheatfield was declared Thursday to have virtually completed the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. reduced the charges against Patrick J. Dugan, 31, from a felony count of third-degree grand larceny to a misdemeanor, petit larceny, and scheduled sentencing for Aug. 7. Dugan will receive no more than three years’ probation, with the length of his diversion stint counting against that.

Dugan, now of Seneca Street, Buffalo, pleaded guilty in July 2012 in connection with the theft of copper wire and other metal. His co-defendant, Anthony C. LoPiccolo, 45, of Niagara Falls, also was declared a diversion success story last month. Both men were heroin users.

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