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Depew man imprisoned for role in 3-county burglary spree

LOCKPORT – A Depew man who took part in a crime spree last year in Niagara, Erie and Genesee counties was sentenced Thursday to eight years in state prison, plus five years’ post-release supervision.

James M. Baglio, 49, of Miller Street, had pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. to one count of second-degree burglary to settle the massive case, which police said involved 33 burglaries and an armed robbery. The crimes were committed in 15 different towns. Baglio’s specific admission was to an Oct. 8 break-in at a home on Lake Road in Porter.

On Oct. 9, police recovered tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen property in a raid on the apartment of Baglio’s co-defendant, John A. Battaglia, 49, of Mead Street, North Tonawanda. In June, Kloch sentenced Battaglia to five years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision.

Battaglia’s roommate, Kyle R. Wade, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of stolen property and is undergoing drug treatment through Niagara County Veterans Court.

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