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Man in four-county burglary ring is offered plea deal

LOCKPORT – One of the men involved in a four-county burglary ring was offered a plea deal Wednesday.

Niagara County Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Kyle L. Wade, 25, of Mead Street, North Tonawanda, will be admitted to the county’s Veterans Court Jan. 14, and is expected to plead guilty to third-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Veterans Court is a treatment court for past military members with substance abuse problems, and a successful completion of a treatment program can lead to a felony conviction being reduced to a misdemeanor or dismissed altogether. But in Wade’s case failure could mean a prison term of as long as seven years.

Hoffmann said Wade shared an apartment with John A. Battaglia, 49, who was described in a news conference last week as one of the ringleaders of a crime operation that police say was responsible for 33 burglaries and an armed robbery this year in Niagara, Erie, Wyoming and Genesee counties. Police raided the apartment Oct. 9 and recovered tens of thousands of dollars worth of stolen property.

Hoffmann said Battaglia and James M. Baglio, 47, of Miller Street, Depew, will face charges in Niagara County. The fourth man arrested in the ring, Matthew J. Ratel, allegedly committed burglaries only in Erie County and will be prosecuted there, Hoffmann said.