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Lockport man pleads guilty in theft spree

LOCKPORT – A Town of Lockport man, who was accused of burglaries and thefts from vehicles in at least five area communities in January, pleaded guilty to two felonies to settle the cases Wednesday.

Alec J. Baker, 21, of Chestnut Ridge Road, was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

Baker risks up to 14 years in state prison if he washes out of the program. He pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree burglary for break-ins Jan. 5 at Faith Community Church on Saunders Settlement Road, Cambria, and Jan. 8 at a house on Union Street in Lockport.

Assistant District Attorney John P. Granchelli said Baker also was charged or suspected in thefts in Pendleton, Lewiston, Amherst, and in other cases being investigated by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office or the State Police. The plea deal wraps up all those cases.