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Schenectady man gets 9 years for break-ins

Schenectady man gets 9 years for break-ins

The man accused of burglarizing a series of Northside homes last summer will get nine years in state

The man accused of burglarizing a series of Northside homes last summer will get nine years in state prison as part of a plea deal reached this week, a prosecutor said.

Joshua A. Wise Jr., 23, pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree burglary, felonies.

Wise was arrested last August, accused of breaking into a total of eight homes and trying to break into two others.

He also faces up to 10 years of post-release supervision and must pay any restitution in each of the 10 burglaries or attempted burglaries.

The total restitution amount has yet to be determined, prosecutor Laurie Cummings said.

Many of the homes were occupied, authorities have said, some with children.

In one instance, prosecutors said previously, a parent first thought a noise was his child. In that instance, the burglar fled.

In another instance, prosecutors said, there was evidence the burglar actually stepped over a child to get to an electronic device on a nightstand, then stepped over the child again to leave.

The young child had moved to her parents’ bedroom, sleeping on the floor as her parents slept in the bed.

Wise, 22, of Avenue B, was accused of entering homes through unlocked windows or back doors.

His target, authorities have said, was small electronics, particularly iPhones. He would grab them quickly, then slip away as residents slept, officials said.

‘Very cooperative’

Investigators were already closing in on Wise when officers combing the area happened to catch him in August.

After his arrest, Cummings said, Wise cooperated fully. He gave a full confession and even took investigators around to point out places he burglarized.

“He was very cooperative when he was arrested,” Cummings said.

He was given consideration for that in the plea deal.

Wise is to be sentenced May 8. He was represented by attorney Sven Paul. The plea was entered Wednesday in front of Judge Frank Milano.

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