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Burglar who left blood and clothes at crime scenes gets 10 years

A career burglar who couldn’t help leaving a little of himself at the scene of his crimes will be going to prison for 10 years.

Brian Benjamin, 53, of Buffalo received the sentence from Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk Monday after pleading guilty in March to five counts of second degree burglary.

Investigators first obtained a suspect’s DNA from a house on Kay Street that was burglarized in 2010. Benjamin was cut when he broke a first floor window, leaving blood there and on an upper window, when he jumped out after finding the residents were at home.

That profile later was matched to DNA found at the scenes of three burglaries in 2014. Blood was found at two Carmel Street residences and the burglar left clothes behind during a break-in on Englewood Avenue in Tonawanda.

Benjamin finally was identified when his image was caught on a living room surveillance camera he was trying to disable in a Cheektowaga home. Cheektowaga Police posted the image online and heard from several tipsters who named Benjamin.

Acting District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr. praised the cooperative efforts of police in Buffalo, Tonawanda and Cheektowaga in tracking down the serial thief. Assistant District Attorney James W. Mansour II prosecuted the case.

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