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DNA ties parole violator to 2008-09 burglaries

LOCKPORT – A man who was jailed Monday for violating parole in a 2010 burglary case was accused Wednesday in Niagara County Court of committing two prior burglaries to which he was connected by DNA samples.

Elbert J. Lewis Jr., 43, of Frontier Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny.

Assistant District Attorney Joseph A. Scalzo said Lewis had to give a DNA sample to the state after his imprisonment for breaking into a cellphone store in the Falls in November 2010. The samples tied him to a November 2008 break-in at a chiropractor’s office and a January 2009 burglary at a Chinese restaurant, both of them in the Falls.