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North Tonawanda man pleads not guilty in Dec. 5 garage break-in

LOCKPORT – A man accused of burglarzing a garage on Eighth Avenue in North Tonawanda Dec. 5 pleaded not guilty to a three-count indictment Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Assistant District Attorney Heather A. DeCastro said Leandro Bruno Jr., 27, of Eighth Avenue, was seen by the homeowner leaving the garage at another home on that street. DeCastro said the resident chased Bruno, who dropped stolen property along the way through some backyards onto Seventh Avenue, where the homeowner tackled him and fought with him as he was shouting for someone to call police.

Bruno, charged with third-degree burglary, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and third-degree grand larceny, is free on $1,000 bail.