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Lawyer: Hole in wall burglary was "crime of stupidity"

EASTON, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to what his attorney called a "crime of stupidity": burglarizing a neighbor's home by cutting a hole in the wall between his basement and the neighbor's.

Public defender Anthony Rybak told a Northampton County judge he didn't see how anyone could think he'd get away with such a crime.

The (Allentown) Morning Call says that's why 22-year-old Sammy Paul Buskirk pleaded guilty Thursday to burglary, telling the judge he's a heroin addict.

Buskirk acknowledged sawing through his wall on Dec. 4 to create a hole to get into the neighbor's home where he stole $200 worth of quarters.

The judge sentenced Buskirk to three months in jail followed by five years of probation, which will include long-term inpatient drug treatment.

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