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SUSPECT ADMITS BURGLARIES TO STEAL LINGERIE

Christopher Hoesel, who admitted breaking into several women's homes in Cheektowaga and Amherst to steal their underwear, pleaded guilty Monday to burglary and was told to expect prison time when he is sentenced Nov. 5.

He has been jailed since he surrendered in March after Cheektowaga police investigating the string of break-ins canvassed his neighborhood and stopped at his Sandstone Drive home with a composite drawing of a suspect.

Hoesel, 26, pleaded guilty to two second-degree burglary charges, and prosecutors agreed to drop 30 other charges.

Prosecutor Carol Giarrizzo Bridge told State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang the other charges -- aggravated harassment, attempted burglary, petit larceny and criminal mischief -- would be dropped because Hoesel pleaded guilty to the two most serious charges he faced.

She said both second-degree burglary pleas involved break-ins at the homes of women to whom Hoesel had sent threatening anonymous letters in January, shortly after stealing underwear from their homes. He admitted sending the letters.

Justice Wolfgang told Hoesel she will impose a prison term of 2 1/4 to 4 1/2 years.

Last March, Cheektowaga police said Hoesel apparently staged the burglaries because he was able to satisfy his sexual desires by stealing lingerie.

The prosecutor said the letters were "graphic and nasty." Hoesel was indicted in April for targeting women aged from 16 to 61 in Cheektowaga's Cedar Grove Heights area on Seton Road, Idlebrook Drive, Wilshire Road, Danbury Drive, Springfield Drive, Pendlewood Drive, Westbrook Drive and Siberling Drive and on South Forest Drive in Amherst.

Police said he would watch women walk through the neighborhood, figure out where they lived and when they would be away from home before breaking into their homes.

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