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Man admits to attempted burglary at Fairway Drive home, Batavia

By Howard B. Owens

A local man admitted in court yesterday to attempted burglary, 3rd, in connection with a break-in at a home at 15 Fairway Drive, Batavia, on Oct. 22.

Chad M. Johnston, 23, told Judge Robert Noonan that he did knowingly enter the residence without permission of the owner and attempt to steal items from the house.

Johnston was in the process of stealing more than $1,000 in household items, including appliances, from the residence, according to Asst. District Attorney Will Zickl, at the time of his arrest.

With a prior felony conviction, Johnston, under terms of a plea agreement, will be sentenced to one-and-a-half to three years in prison.

UPDATE: The Sheriff's Office has provided a little more information on this arrest.

Johnston was charged Oct. 23 with burglary 2nd and criminal possession of stolen property. He entered the residence at 15 Fairway Drive in the Town of Batavia and stole a Maytag washer and dryer, a Whirpool refrigerator and Cub Cadet lawn mower. Upon his arrest, he was found in possession of the stolen property along with a small safe containing paperwork from the residence. All of the items were recovered.

There was also an outstanding parole warrant for Johnston at the time of his arrest.

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