Man admits to getaway shopping cart burglary

He is expected to receive 4 1/2 years in prison

SCHENECTADY — A man who carted off the proceeds of an apartment burglary using a shopping cart pleaded guilty Thursday to a burglary charge, Schenectady County prosecutors said.

Pedro Bonilla III, 59, was stopped by police Dec. 9 at the corner of Jackson Place and Union Street, pushing a shopping cart with a partially concealed television inside, authorities said

The officer approached, knowing that student apartments were in the area, prosecutor Nicolaus Brooks-McDonald said. 

“He asked him where he got the TV and (Bonilla) pretty much gave a full confession that he entered the apartment and took the TV from the apartment,” Brooks-McDonald said.

In all, police found more than $1,600 worth of items taken in the burglary inside the cart, authorities have said.

He pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of second-degree burglary. Bonilla is to be sentenced March 15. He is expected to receive four-and-a-half years in state prison.

Judge Kathleen Hogan presided. Bonilla was represented by Tracey Chance.

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