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Two men get prison for burglaries

Two of three men charged with break-ins at various Wyoming County businesses last year are headed to state prison, and the third man may well join them soon.

Michael Ames, one of the three, was ordered Thursday by acting State Supreme Court Justice Mark H. Dadd to serve 4 2/3 to 14 years in prison on felony burglary counts.

Ames, 19, of Dale Road, Middlebury, pleaded guilty to three third-degree burglary charges.

Wyoming County District Attorney Donald G. O'Geen said one of Ames' co-defendants, Paul Cipra Jr., 22, of East Avenue, Batavia, was sentenced last month to 2 1/3 to seven years and may be eligible for shock incarceration camp.

The third defendant, Trevor Pilc, 19, of South Jackson Street, Batavia, faces up to 14 years in prison at his scheduled sentencing April 19, court officials said.

The three men and a teenage Batavia girl who was spared criminal court prosecution, were arrested last year following a two-month probe of burglaries in the Portageville, Silver Springs and Perry areas between Aug. 4 and Sept. 6.

O'Geen said all three men are being held legally responsible for making full restitution on the stolen items. He said Ames and Pilc also face an unrelated burglary charge in Genesee County in cases still pending in the courts there.

O'Geen said "an individual who came forward with information" on the burglars is in line for a cash reward offered by one of the victimized businesses.

"These burglaries were just devastating to the small family-owned businesses that were affected by these individuals," O'Geen said. He said Ames' sentence, in particular, "sends a very clear and strong message to anyone who burglarizes a house, business or building of another person."

The three were convicted of stealing safes, computers, alcohol and other items.