September 23, 2014

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‘Disney bandit’ gets 45 years

The leader of a burglary ring who broke into more than 100 homes over four years, even stealing Disney on Ice tickets from an Amherst family, was sentenced Wednesday to 45 years in prison.

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Joseph Moore, 46, apologized to the victims at the sentencing in Lake County, Assistant Lake County Prosecutor Mark Bartolotta said.

“He said he felt bad if he caused any heartache,” Bartolotta said.

Moore had faced more than 800 years in prison, but Bartolotta said that 45 years seemed like an appropriate sentence.

“That’ll effectively put him in (prison) until he’s an old man,” he said.

Moore and his two accomplices — Chano Boulding, now serving a three-year prison term, and Donald Ferguson, who is serving 12 years — were arrested in January after police questioned two people to whom they had given the stolen Disney on Ice tickets.

Amherst police went to Quicken Loans Arena and the people using the tickets led them to the three men, who were accused of burglarizing homes in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina and Summit counties.

Hardest hit in Lorain County were Elyria and Avon Lake, but the December burglary in Amherst cracked the case. The thieves targeted unlit homes in middle- and upper-class neighborhoods, breaking in through patio doors, using stolen pillow cases to loot jewelry and other items from the homes.

Boulding and Ferguson both took plea deals, but Moore took the case to trial and was convicted of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and 100 of the 105 counts of burglary for which he was charged.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.