Jamestown, NY man pleads guilty to multiple burglaries in Warren County

A Jamestown man has pled guilty to a string of burglaries that took place in northern Warren County in 2015.

Eric Lewis, Jamestown, pled guilty on Monday to the burglaries which started on October 21, 2015.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, a resident reported a burglary on October 22 while another neighbor saw a vehicle “and thought it was suspicious enough to get the last four digits of the plate.”

On November 2, state police received a report of that vehicle traveling on SR 957 and stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation.

“The driver identified himself as William Lewis, however he did not posess a valid driver’s license,” police allege in the affidavit.

William Lewis is Eric Lewis’ father.

Police interviewed William Lewis – since sentenced to 10-20 years in state prison for his involvement – at the state police barracks and he “admitted that he and his son had committed four or five burglaries in the Sugar Grove, Pa. area in the last couple weeks” – on October 21 at 2209 Rt. 957, on October 22 at 891 Townline Road, on October 26 at 4114 Old State Road, on October 29 at 1900 Cider Mill Hill Road and on November 2 at 7545 Old State Road.

While police were interviewing William Lewis, a report was received of the burglary on Old State Road, a residence that is a “short distance from where William Lewis was stopped for the traffic violation. William Lewis told (police) that he had dropped his son Eric Lewis off at that residence and was waiting for a call/text to return and pick him up.”

William Lewis “agreed to show (police) all of the residences that he and his son had burglarized.”

Police took him to those locations “and videotaped him pointing out the locations.” He also “led (police) to a safe that they had dumped on Old Route 62 belonging” to one of the victims.

State police said they worked in conjunction with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, “who located and interviewed Eric Lewis. (Police were) advised by (a Sheriff’s Deputy in New York) that Eric Lewis had written a four page confession admitting to the burglaries occurring in Pennsylvania and New York.”

At three dockets, Eric Lewis was charged with burglary, conspiracy (burglary), criminal trespass – break into structure, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief – damage property.

At two other dockets, he has been charged with burglary, conspiracy (burglary), criminal trespass – break into structure, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

He pled guilty to charges of conspiracy (burglary – overnight accommodation, no person present) and theft by unlawful taking at each docket. The remaining charges were not prosecuted in exchange for the plea.

Each of the burglary charges to which Lewis pled carries a 20 year maximum.