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North Tonawanda man pleads guilty in burglary spree

LOCKPORT – A repeat felon pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court Tuesday in connection with a series of house burglaries last fall in western Niagara County, Assistant District Attorney John P. Granchelli said.

Joshua K. Allen, 31, of Sweeney Street, North Tonawanda, admitted to third-degree burglary and was scheduled for sentencing Nov. 5 by County Judge Sara Sheldon. The maximum penalty for the charge is seven years in prison.

Allen was one of five people indicted in the case. He and Joseph J. Trusello, 25, of North Sixth Street, Lewiston, were charged with entering a home on Upper Mountain Road in Cambria Sept. 29 and with burglaries on Brayley and Porter Center roads in Porter and Lake Road in Wilson, all on Sept. 30.

Two residents of Ridge Road in Lewiston – Tiffany A. Pawlukovitch, 21, and Christian L. Starr, 33 – were charged with selling some of the stolen property, including a .40-caliber Glock handgun. Ronald C. Swanson, 21, of 22nd Street, Niagara Falls, was charged with buying the gun.

Allen’s previous New York felony was second-degree attempted robbery for pulling a razor blade on a security guard after a shoplifting incident at the Sears store in Wheatfield’s Summit mall in 2011. He was sentenced to a year in the county jail. At the time of his arraignment in that case, a prosecutor said Allen had two felony convictions in South Carolina and one each in Michigan and Indiana.