AUBURN — In exchange for a sentence of shock probation, a 20-year-old Auburn man admitted stealing two gold ciboria and other items from an Owasco church.

Daniel Edersheim, of 54 Adams Ave., pleaded guilty in Cayuga County Court Thursday to third-degree felony burglary for illegally entering Sacred Heart Church on Aug. 31 and stealing the ciboria, cash and other items.

Edersheim must pay $1,123 in restitution as a condition of his plea deal, and is scheduled to be sentenced March 1.

District Attorney Jon Budelmann said Edersheim and his co-defendant, David Calkins, 21, of 82 Havens Ave., stole the gold-plated ciboria to sell for scrap metal.

Charges against Calkins are still pending, Budelmann said.

The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office previously said one ciborium was recovered undamaged, but the second was damaged beyond repair in an attempt to scrap it.

During his plea allocution, Edersheim repeatedly said that Calkins was the one looking to steal items to sell for quick cash, and that he was just following Calkins.

Edersheim later admitted that Calkins talked to him an hour prior to breaking into Sacred Heart Church about making quick cash by stealing valuable church relics. Edersheim said he knew Calkins wanted to enter the church to commit a crime.

Detectives previously said they do not believe either man is involved in a similar burglary at SS. Peter and John Episcopal Church that occurred last April.

Also in court:

• A 20-year-old Auburn man faces two to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to stealing scrap metal from three local businesses and violating his felony probation by committing those thefts.

Joshua Bilinski, of 23 Barber St., admitted that he was on probation for a prior fourth-degree felony grand larceny conviction when he burglarized a construction business in Sennett on Aug. 29. Bilinski also pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary for breaking into the business and two others a short time later. Bilinski said he stole scrap metal from those businesses.

Bilinski was promised two to four years in prison for the violation of probation and burglary conviction, both to be served concurrently.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 1. Bilinski’s prior conviction was for possessing a stolen firearm.

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