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Buffalo man gets 3 1/2 years in prison for UB dorm thefts

A Buffalo man convicted of burglarizing residence halls on the University at Buffalo campus late last summer was sentenced Tuesday to 3 1/2 years in prison, according to the Erie County District Attorney's office.

Darnell Cleveland, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of second degree burglary, second degree forgery, second degree identity theft and  unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Between July and September 2017, Cleveland entered the residence halls and dorm rooms of several students who resided on campus at UB, took their car keys and wallets, as well as used their vehicles and credit cards to purchase items. He was identified as a suspect in seven burglaries that occurred in residence halls on the UB  campus. He was eventually identified through video.

Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi also sentenced him to 2 1/2 years post release supervision.


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