North Tonawanda Man Admits to Breaking Into Church Rectory a Second Time

Modified: October 8, 2018 10:14am

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 40-year-old Robert Wasyl of North Tonawanda pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi to one count of Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree. 

The defendant admitted to attempting to burglarize 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. The defendant stole money and a watch before fleeing.

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

Wasyl, a persistent violent felony offender, faces 12 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on Monday, November 19 at 9:30 a.m.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Brian D. Langenfeld and Danielle E. Phillips of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau.