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Lockport man, facing federal ammo charges, pleads guilty to burglary

LOCKPORT – A Town of Lockport man, who has been charged by federal prosecutors with illegal possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, pleaded guilty Thursday in State Supreme Court to burglarizing his neighbor’s home.

Bob L. Odrzywolski, 72, of Crosby Road, admitted to attempted third-degree burglary and is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 18 by Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. The break-in occurred Aug. 6; Odrzywolski will have to pay $20 in restitution.

He is scheduled for a plea hearing May 13 in U.S. District Court on the ammunition charge. According to court papers, when Niagara County Sheriff’s Investigator Brett Thompson arrested Odrzywolski Sept. 1 on the burglary charge, he noted a firing range in the suspect’s backyard. On Dec. 8, Thompson happened to be in a gun store in Lockport when Odrzywolski walked in, apparently shopping for a gun, and Thompson heard him tell the clerk he owned guns and did a lot of shooting. Thompson tipped off the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, because ownership of ammo by a convicted felon is not illegal in New York, but it is a violation of federal law. ATF agents raided the home and seized 10 handguns and 2,000 bullets.

Odrzywolski was convicted in 2002 in federal court of illegal possession of a machine gun and an assault weapon.