BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A grand jury has indicted a Buffalo man who allegedly tried to break into the home of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
Authorities say 22-year-old Avella Pena stole items from Poloncarz's parked vehicle on June 17 at 5:30 a.m., including money and a baseball bat. Pena then allegedly climbed on top of a recycling bin in an attempt to gain access to the home. But authorities say the noise woke Poloncarz up, who called police and started yelling, scaring the burglar off.
Police caught Pena after a short foot chase.
If Pena is convicted of second degree burglary and petit larceny, he faces being sentenced as a second violent felony offender and could be put behind bars for between seven and 15 years.
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