Man who broke into Co. Exec’s car sentenced


A Buffalo man who broke into Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s vehicle and then his home will spend the next eight years in prison.

Avello Pena was sentenced Tuesday for burglary and petit larceny. The 22-year-old stole money and a baseball bat from Poloncarz’s car before breaking into his home. Police spotted him a short after the theft and Pena was arrested.

Pena could have been sentenced to up to 15 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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