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Niagara Falls man, awaiting burglary trial, indicted in robbery of Family Video store

LOCKPORT – Michael D. Lett Sr. of Niagara Falls, who is to go to trial next Monday in a burglary case, pleaded not guilty Monday to a new indictment accusing him of robbing a video store.

Lett, 36, of Cudaback Avenue, is charged with third-degree robbery in connection with the theft of cash from a Family Video store on Pine Avenue in the Falls Jan. 28. Assistant District Attorney Joel M. Grundy said that after stealing money in the unarmed robbery, Lett allegedly ran to a nearby house, where police caught him and recovered packs of $1 and $5 bills.

The new arrest had caused Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon to revoke his bail in the burglary case.

Grundy offered Lett a chance to plead guilty to Class D felonies in both cases Monday, but Lett refused. That would have given him no more than seven years in prison on each charge; he risks up to 15 years on the burglary alone in the upcoming trial. Lett is accused of stealing $100 from a woman in her Niagara Falls home April 28.