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Amherst man admits June home burglary

An Amherst man faces up to 29 years in prison after admitting to a burglary and two attempted break-ins.

Brandon Longo, 23, of Sheridan Drive, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary for breaking into an Amherst home through a garage door on June 14, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office announced.

During the burglary, Longo unsuccessfully tried to remove copper pipes, causing water damage to the home.

He stole silverware, video games and other small items.

When he committed that crime, Longo was awaiting sentencing for a pair of December crimes.

Longo pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree attempted burglary for incidents on Dec. 14 and Dec. 16, the District Attorney’s Office said.

District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III praised the Amherst Police Department investigation, particularly the efforts of detectives David Kubiak and Kathy Onions.

Longo has been in custody since June. He is scheduled to be sentenced before Erie County Judge Michael Pietruszka on Oct. 23.