A Walden Avenue man linked to two Grand Island house burglaries through a stolen credit card he used an hour after the second break-in was convicted Friday by a State Supreme Court jury.
Patrick Brennan, 34, was found guilty as charged of felony burglary, grand larceny, petit larceny, forgery and stolen property counts. The jury of seven women and five men deliberated about 75 minutes after a four-day trial before Justice Penny M. Wolfgang.
Brennan has been jailed since his arrest at a Tops supermarket on Broadway the morning after the second break-in. He displayed no emotion as the verdict was announced at about 2 p.m. Brennan, who did not testify or present defense witnesses, was remanded to jail.
Prosecutor Douglas P. Stiller said Brennan faces a mandatory minimum prison term of 7 1/2 years and as long as 36 years when Justice Wolfgang sentences him Nov. 18.
The prosecutor said Brennan was arrested by store security officers at the Tops supermarket at 1717 Broadway about 11:30 a.m. Feb. 22 when the store computer flashed a warning that the credit card he was using was stolen.
Stiller said it was stolen the night before from a home on East River Road and Brennan forged a signature to use the card twice before his arrest.
An investigation by the sheriff's department confirmed that Brennan had also used the stolen credit card about 11:15 p.m. Feb. 21, literally an hour or so after he broke into a one-floor home on East River Road through a back window, Stiller said.
On Wednesday, two 14-year-old Grand Island girls, whose identities court officials asked the news media to withhold, identified Brennan as the man they saw loading a television and other property into his pickup truck outside a Revere Drive home at about 8 p.m. last Nov. 23.
Stiller said sheriff's detectives recovered from Brennan's Walden Avenue home a pair of cufflinks, a tie clip and sneakers stolen from the East River Road home but have been unable to locate jewelry stolen from that home or a television, VCR and jewelry stolen from the Revere Road home.