Man cut roof in pharmacy to steal pills

An Amherst man connected to burglaries in Western New York dating back to 2012 now admits stealing Oxycodone from a pharmacy by cutting a hole in the roof.

Michael Codelia pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, Oxycodone. Federal prosecutors say the 47-year-old man broke into the Middleport Family Health Center in August 2012 along with Cody Broecker and William Chapple, III and stole $12,500 worth of Amphetamine, Oxycodone, Morphine, Hydrocodone, Codeine, Clonazepam, Lorazepam, Diazepam, and Zolpidem.

Authorities say Codelia was arrested two days later while trying to sell 400 pills stolen during the burglary. Broecker and Chapple fled to Oregon, where they were arrested in November 2012. Broecker has already been convicted and charges against Chapple are pending.

Codelia was arrested two other times in 2013 on burglary charges.

In January, Amherst Police pulled him over on Berwick Lane for failing to use a signal and say they found stolen tools inside his vehicle and other property. The items had been stolen from box utility trailers from two separate victims.

Then in July 2013, Codelia and his 16-year-old son were arrested at a home on Transit Road where police say they were caught trying to break in.

For breaking into the Middleport Family Health Center, Codelia could be sentenced to  up to 20 years in prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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