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Burglar uses cab to carry away loot

A burglar who used a taxicab to carry away some of the loot from an Oakmont Avenue apartment was found guilty Friday by an Erie County Court jury.

Antonyo Armstead, 20, of Decker Street was convicted of second degree burglary for the Aug. 11 break-in, which netted him jewelry and electronics. Testimony during his trial in Judge Thomas P. Franczyk’s court showed it was a two-part-break-in, with Armstead getting a cab driver to take him back so he also could remove a 55-inch flat-screen television.

Neighbors who saw the cab waiting outside the house – and Armstead taking the TV out to it – told the resident who and what they had seen when he arrived home. Buffalo Police later found Armstead asleep at his girlfriend’s house, with the stolen TV in the living room.

According to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III, prior to trial Armstead tried to get the cabbie to lie for him and, when that didn’t work, resorted to threats. He also reportedly threatened his former girlfriend not to go to court, but she was called as a witness for the prosecution.

Assistant District Attorney John P. Gerken Jr. prosecuted the case.

Armstead faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 25.