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Bail hiked in massive stolen property case

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon increased bail from $100,000 to $110,000 Monday for a man with 26 prior convictions who allegedly had more than 1,000 stolen items in his home on Saunders Settlement Road in Lewiston.

Todd A. Biro, 49, also allegedly had about two ounces of cocaine, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said. He was charged with drug possession after a search of the home March 24, and stolen property charges were added May 4.

“I have a spreadsheet in my office with over 1,000 items. We still can’t figure it all out. This is a significant stolen property case,” Wydysh told Sheldon.

A second search warrant at the home a couple of weeks later yielded a few more items and a computer, with which police hope to conclude whether Biro and his fiancee, co-defendant Marie T. Basile, 46, of the Saunders Settlement Road address, were selling stolen goods online.

Defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. said about 1,000 diamonds were seized in the raid, but he said, “They were procured legitimately. (Basile) has been in the jewelry business for about 30 years.”

The allegedly stolen items total more than $50,000 in value, Wydysh said. They included all-terrain vehicles, a rototiller and a variety of appliances.

Biro is currently on probation for stealing $1,642 worth of goods at the Lockport Walmart in November 2013. He went through a court-supervised drug treatment program after that guilty plea.