Batavia man admits burglary and could get prison time

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 August 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A Batavia man who was banned from Wal-Mart but then allegedly stole from the store in Albion admitted to the crime in Orleans County Court on Monday.

Jason Lang, 33, of Liberty Street in Batavia pleaded guilty to attempted burglary in the third degree. He faces a maximum of 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison when he is sentenced on Nov. 24.

He stole two coffee machines and a blender from the Albion store on Nov. 20. Because he was banned from Wal-Mart, he was charged with burglary.

In other cases in County Court:

An Albion man was sentenced to 6 months in county jail for third-degree burglary. Jacob Marks, 25, of Allen’s Bridge Road could have had the charge removed if he had not committed any additional crimes since he completed Drug Court.

However, he violated terms of his conditional discharge with a new charge of petty larceny in Niagara County.

“You have no self discipline,” Judge James Punch told Marks during sentencing. “You are a danger to other people.”

A state Canal Corporation worker accused of stealing $5,700 worth of metal from the Canal Corp.’s Albion maintenance facility rejected a plea deal and will go to trial beginning Nov. 19.

Bruce Rotoli, 55, of Albion has been charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He was arrested in May following a four-month investigation by state police, Village of Albion police and the Thruway Authority, which runs the canal system.

Police say that Rotoli in the fall of 2012 removed bronze bushing material from the Albion maintenance facility. Rotoli is currently on disability.

He was offered a reduced charge if he pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny and paid restitution.

Rodrick S. Griffin, 31, of Eagle Street in Medina was arraigned on several drug possession and sale drug charges as well as criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.

He has a prior felony. Judge James Punch set bail at $200,000.

Griffin was arrested in June after a police investigation into the possession, sale and distribution of marijuana in the village of Medina. He also allegedly possessed a stolen 22-caliber handgun.