A Riverhead man used a large piece of steel to smash through the glass front doors of Lowe's on Route 58 late on Thanksgiving night, police said. File photo: Peter Blasl

Police have charged a Riverhead man with burglarizing Lowe’s Home Improvement Center on Route 58 late last night.

Police said Terry M. Smith, 58, used a large piece of steel to smash the glass on two of the front doors at Lowe’s late last night and removed assorted tools from the store.

A Lowe’s manager reporting for work this morning called police just before 5 a.m. to report the glass on two of the store’s front doors had been broken out overnight.

Detectives reviewing surveillance video determined that a man used a large piece of steel to smash the glass on the doors at about 11:20 p.m. Thursday, police said in a press release. The man entered the store, selected assorted tools from the shelves and left the store on foot, according to the release.

The alarm activation had not been reported to police by the alarm company, police said.

Police officers located the suspect at the Greenview Motel on West Main Street, according to the press release.

Smith was placed under arrest and transported to Riverhead Police Department headquarters, where he was processed on the charge of Burglary in the Third Degree and held for arraignment, police said.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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