Man admits burglarizing six Erie County homes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo man with a long criminal history pleaded guilty Wednesday to forcibly entering and burglarizing six homes in Erie County.

Between August 7 and September 23, 2012, Bryan Colon stole cash, jewelry, televisions, computers and other electronics from residences in Akron, Clarence, Amherst, Newstead, Elma and Grand Island.

In one of the incidents, the 35-year-old pushed passed a woman as she confronted him in her kitchen. In another, a neighbor was able to get the license plate of the rental vehicle Colon was using, which led sheriff’s deputies to the Shoreline Apartments.

On October 3, 2012, deputies closed in, but Colon attempted to escape by jumping from a balcony. He was captured a short time later.

The District Attorney’s Office says Colon’s criminal history began when he was 13. By the age of 14, he led police on a high speed chase. Charges against him included assault, armed robbery and larceny. At 16, Colon was convicted as an adult for possessing a loaded firearm.

While out on bail on that charge, he kidnapped a man on Connecticut and 16th Street in the City of Buffalo in front of two police officers. When they attempted to stop him, Colon went on a high speed chase and opened fire on officers.

In that case, he was sentenced to first degree robbery and spent 10 years in state prison. After being paroled, he violated his conditions and was charged with first degree escape. In that case, his conviction was overturned.

In his most recent crime spree, Colon stole items worth more than $45,000. When he is sentenced in October for six counts of second degree burglary, he could face up to 50 years in prison.

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