Ninja Burglar behind more than 100 break-ins takes tri-state plea deal

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NEW YORK — A man nicknamed the Ninja Burglar who confessed to committing more than 100 break-ins over a decade has accepted a plea deal with authorities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

District Attorney Michael McMahon said Robert Costanzo pleaded guilty Thursday on Staten Island to three counts of burglary. Officials said the statute of limitations expired on many of the other cases.

McMahon said the charges carry a 25-year prison sentence.

Authorities said Costanzo mainly broke into occupied homes in wealthy areas at night. They said Costanzo wore all black clothing, covered his face and often used a ladder to gain entrance through a window or terrace.

He was arrested, along with another suspect, in connection with a 2014 home invasion in Farmington where a woman was held with a knife to her throat and robbed of tens of thousands of dollars in jewelry.