NORWICH – After two days of testimony and less than an hour of deliberation, a Chenango County jury found 24-year-old Daniel Sabines guilty of second degree burglary Wednesday.
In August of 2010, Sabines and co-defendant Anthony Pierce were accused of illegally entering a 22 Beebe Ave. residence – with the intent to commit a crime – when Sabines was unexpectedly confronted by the home’s owner.
Pierce is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.
On Tuesday, witnesses for the prosecution – including homeowner John Tripp, Norwich Police Officers Justin Carpenter and Brandon Clarke, Police Chief Joseph Angelino, Deputy Police Chief Rodney Marsh and Broome County Computer Analysis and Technical Services Laboratory investigator Carl Smith – detailed the events of Aug. 16, 2010.
According to witnesses, Sabines – while allegedly gathering signatures for House of Representatives hopeful Logan Bell – knocked on the back door at 22 Beebe Ave. When his knock went unanswered, Sabines went inside, proceeding upstairs, where he was confronted by Tripp. Sabines then fled the home, threw his distinctive red T-shirt and ball cap into the Canasawacta Creek and made his way to the former P&C – now Tops – supermarket. Soon after, he was picked up by officer Clarke, who identified Sabines as a suspect in the attempted burglary.
Clarke then returned to 22 Beebe Ave. with Sabines in custody, where he was identified by Tripp.
Said Tripp, “I immediately recognized him.”
In Sabines’ defense, attorney Alan Gordon said Sabines and Pierce were simply collecting signatures for a political petition. A week prior to the failed burglary, Sabines had met Bell – a former Marine and member of the Constitutional Party – at the Chenango County Fair. At that time, Bell offered Sabines $1 for each signature he was able to acquire. According to the prosecution, Sabines – who’d recruited Pierce to help gather signatures – the petition was a cover for the two to scope out potential residences for burglary.