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Buffalo man pleads guilty to stealing from businesses

A Buffalo man admitted stealing bulk steel, building materials, concrete construction forms and snowblowers, among other items, from businesses in Buffalo, Alden and Lancaster, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

Daniel Skinner, 45, of Howard Street, pleaded guilty to three counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, as charged, and third-degree attempted burglary before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang.

Skinner, a prior felon, stole the steel from a Metcalf Street business, building materials from the casino under construction on Chicago Street, and snowblowers from a business in Alden, the District Attorney’s Office said.

District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III credited Detectives Daniel Brinkerhoff of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Grant Gunsher of the Town of Lancaster Police Department and John McGrath of the Buffalo Police Department for their work in the multi-agency investigation.

“Because of their efforts, a chronic thief is headed to state prison,” Sedita said.

Skinner faces 20 years as a second-felony offender when sentenced on May 25.