Career Thief Pleads Guilty to Grand Larceny and Attempted Burglary Charges

Modified: May 16, 2013 12:33pm


Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 45 year old Daniel Skinner of 529 Howard Street, Buffalo pleaded guilty to three counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, as charged, and Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang.  These are the highest counts for which the defendant could have been convicted had he gone to trial.

Skinner, a prior felon, admitted that during the period September 8, 2012 through November 2, 2012, he stole bulk steel from a business on Metcalf Street, building material from the Seneca Casino construction site on Chicago Street, concrete construction forms from a business on Ohio Street, snowblowers from a business on Broadway in Alden and burglary of a storage facility in the Town of Lancaster.

DA Sedita commended Erie County Sheriff Detective Daniel Brinkerhoff, Lancaster Detective Grant Gunsher, and Buffalo Detective John McGrath for their multi-agency investigation and arrest of Skinner stating “because of their efforts, a chronic thief is headed to state prison”.

Skinner faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years as a second felony offender when he is sentenced before Justice Wolfgang on May 25, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.  The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Patrick B. Shanahan.