North Tonawanda Man Arraigned for Burglarizing Church Rectory a Second Time

Modified: March 1, 2018 1:07pm


Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 40-year-old Robert Wasyl of North Tonawanda has been arraigned before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio on an indictment charging him with Burglary in the Second Degree.

The defendant is accused of burglarizing the rectory at St. Timothy’s Church on East Park Drive in the Town of Tonawanda on September 11, 2017. The victim, a priest who resides in the rectory, awoke to a man inside his bedroom. Wasyl allegedly stole money and watch before fleeing.

In January 2007, Wasyl was convicted of burglarizing the same church rectory.

If convicted on this charge, Wasyl faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Lagenfeld of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau is prosecuting the case.

As are all defendants accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.