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Sloan man pleads guilty to breaking into neighbor’s business

A Sloan man has admitted breaking into a neighbor’s garage last May and stabbing a man who tried to stop him from stealing tools the neighbor used in his tile business.

Patrick Gajkowski, 36, of Halstead Avenue, pleaded guilty this week to first-degree robbery and second-degree burglary, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Sedita said Gajkowski broke into the garage owned by Daniel Santana, who does business as Dan the Tile Man. He said Gajkowski was stealing contracting materials and tools when an employee of Santana tried to stop him and Gajkowski stabbed him. Cheektowaga police apprehended Gajkowski as he tried to flee.

Gajkowski has two felony drug convictions, a felony DWI conviction and six misdemeanor convictions. He faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced May 13 by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia.