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Last of 3 burglary spree suspects pleads guilty

The last of three Cheektowaga men suspected in a wave of suburban break-ins last year has pleaded guilty in court.

Kevin J. Zimmerman, 23, of Ellen Drive, pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree burglary and six counts of third-degree burglary on Friday before Erie County Court Judge Thomas P. Franczyk, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office said.

His brother, Jeffrey M. Zimmerman, 29, also of Ellen Drive in Cheektowaga, pleaded guilty to eight counts of burglary on Tuesday.

The brothers’ accomplice, Alfred R. Tatman, 26, of Big Tree Road in Orchard Park, also pleaded guilty to eight counts before State Supreme Court Justice Penny Wolfgang on April 29.

Tatman is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday; Jeffrey Zimmerman will be sentenced July 8; and Kevin Zimmerman on July 22.

All three were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Paul Bonanno and face up to 50 years in prison, the District Attorney’s Office said.

The three were arrested by Amherst police in January in connection with a dozen burglaries in Amherst and two dozen more in Akron, Alden, Cheektowaga, Clarence, Newstead and West Seneca from September through December.

Kevin Zimmerman on Friday admitted that he broke into three homes in Amherst and Cheektowaga in December, the DA’s office said.

He also admitted that, along with his brother and Tatman, he burglarized six business in Amherst, Clarence, Alden, Akron, West Seneca and Elma between September and December.

The three stole from the homes and burglaries to support their heroin habit, the DA’s office said.