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Tonawanda man pleads guilty to burglary, assault

A Tonawanda man with an unsuccessful career as a burglar faces up to 22 years in prison as a second violent felony offender following his guilty plea this week in Erie County Court.

Michael Janowsky, 33, was found guilty of burglary and assault in the second degree in connection with a March 2014 break-in on Breckenridge Avenue in Buffalo.

Janowsky knocked on the door of the house and, when there was no answer, broke in through a basement window, according to the District Attorney’s Office. The house was not empty, however. When two women in the house found the intruder, he was convinced them he had been sent by the landlord to do some plumbing.

Later, when the tenants discovered that the “plumber” had left with two laptop computers, they were able to give police his name, leading to his arrest.

Also, in October, while in the Erie County Holding Center, Janowsky allegedly attacked a sheriff’s deputy and broke the deputy’s hand. He also has two prior convictions for attempted burglary, and for larceny and resisting arrest.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 17 before Judge Michael F. Pietruszka.