(SUFFOLK COUNTY, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Lawyer Raymond A. Tierney these days declared that Terry Smith, 60, of Riverhead, was sentenced to two and a 50 percent to five a long time in prison for burglarizing a Riverhead Lowe’s Residence Improvement Retailer in 2021.

“Retail theft will not be tolerated in Suffolk County,” mentioned District Legal professional Tierney. “Suffolk County inhabitants and small business homeowners can rest straightforward figuring out that justice was served for a criminal offense with detrimental results on our excellent of existence and financial system. It is important for the local community to know that those caught burglarizing and stealing from organizations, like this defendant, will be held accountable for their steps. My Workplace is not only focused to the security and effectively-currently being of all our communities, but also to in search of and acquiring justice and accountability for each crime.”

In accordance to the investigation and the defendant’s admissions during his plea allocution, on November 10, 2021 and on November 25, 2021, Smith stole numerous products and burglarized the Lowe’s Residence Advancement Keep on Old Nation Highway in Riverhead.

On November 10, 2021, Smith stole several household improvement products from the retail outlet which include hedge trimmers, spray gun kits, and a chainsaw possessing a price in excess of $3,000. Smith was captured on surveillance video exiting the keep without having shelling out for the merchandise, with the objects in a retail store buying cart.

On November 25, 2021, Smith returned to the Lowe’s Dwelling Advancement Store and broke in by smashing the sliding glass entry doorways with a steel beam. Immediately after the glass doors had been shattered, Smith entered the site and stole several energy instruments. Smith quickly escaped but was again caught on surveillance video clip.

Pursuing the commission of these crimes, an investigation took position and Smith was swiftly located, discovered, and put beneath arrest. At the time of his arrest, Smith was sporting the very same pants that he was noticed donning in the surveillance online video during the burglary on November 25, 2021.

On Could 16, 2023, Smith pleaded guilty before Performing Supreme Court docket Justice, the Honorable Richard I. Horowitz, to Grand Larceny in the 3rd Diploma, a Class D felony, and Theft in the Third Diploma, a Course D felony. On June 14, 2023, Decide Horowitz sentenced Smith to two and a 50 percent many years to 5 many years in prison. Smith was represented by John Halverson, Esq.

This scenario was prosecuted by Assistant District Lawyers Maria Troulakis and Alexander Bopp of the Major Criminal offense Bureau.

 

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