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Niagara Falls serial burglar headed to prison

LOCKPORT - A Niagara Falls burglar who quickly flunked out of a drug treatment program by committing another break-in was sentenced Monday to 2 1/3 to seven years in state prison.

"This is how I was raised: stealing, robbing and selling drugs," Atrel M. Hudson told State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

Hudson, 23, of 24th Street, added that he was "addicted to the fast money, the fast high and the easy life."

He originally pleaded guilty Aug. 4 to a May 31 burglary at Cameron Liquor on Pine Avenue in the Falls. But on Sept. 5, the owner of the Maple Restaurant on East Market Street in the Falls caught him holding a cash box after Hudson had smashed the door of the eatery.

He also was later charged with a May 28 break-in at Aaron's Rentals on Pine Avenue, where he smashed a door with a brick and stole two notebook computers worth $600 each.

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