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High-rise burglar lands in jail

Oct. 28, 2011 at 8:48 PM   |   Comments

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- An Orlando, Fla., man pleaded no contest to committing multiple burglaries by scaling tall buildings to rob condominiums, officials said.

Prosecutors said Andrew Puc climbed buildings and entered beachside condos through balcony doors, the Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday.

"Essentially a cat burglar with some Spiderman-like skills, … Puc scaled up the outside of beachside condos," said Klare Ly, a spokeswoman for the 7th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office in Daytona Beach. "After today's [Thursday's] no-contest plea … Puc will have to practice his art of scaling high rises behind a prison fence."

Under the plea agreement, Puc will serve seven years in prison as a habitual felony offender, and then seven years of drug-offender probation, the Sentinel said.

In the spring, condo residents in Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach reported someone illegally entered their homes through unlocked balcony doors on floors as high as four stories above the street.

Puc was caught after trying to sell stolen several items on Craigslist, the Sentinel said. An undercover police officer called the number Puc posted and arranged for the sale to happen at a fast-food restaurant, where Puc was arrested on charges of burglary, grand theft, dealing in stolen property and drug possession.

Puc served eight months of a one-year sentence in a work camp before his release in November 2010, and then returned home to Orlando, court records show.

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