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Lewiston man pleads guilty in theft from hospital

LOCKPORT – A man who stole a woman’s wallet from her office in North Tonawanda’s DeGraff Memorial Hospital pleaded guilty Friday in Niagara County Court.

Albert W. Cannata, 39, of Tuscarora Road, Lewiston, admitted to third-degree burglary and was admitted to the judicial diversion of court-supervised drug treatment by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Cannata said he was “detoxing from heroin” when he entered the hospital June 23 and stole the wallet containing $90, for which he agreed to pay restitution. He’s been in the diversion program since September for a separate crime committed in Erie County. Cannata risks up to seven years in prison if he washes out of treatment, but if he gets clean, his charges will be reduced to misdemeanors with no jail term.