The man charged by Riverhead Town Police with burglarizing Lowe’s Home Improvement Center on Route 58 Thanksgiving night has been indicted by a Suffolk County grand jury on felony burglary and grand larceny charges.
Terry Smith, 58, pleaded not guilty last week in Suffolk County Criminal Court to charges of Burglary in the Third Degree and Grand Larceny in the Third Degree in connection with the Nov. 25 incident. Smith was held in lieu of $20,000 cash bail and remains in custody at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverside.
Smith is also facing a misdemeanor Petit Larceny charge in connection with a DATE incident at the same location.
Riverhead Town Police arrested Smith at the Greenview Motel on West Main Street Nov. 26 after identifying him in surveillance video taken at the store overnight. Police said the video showed a man used a large piece of steel to smash the glass on two of the front doors to gain entry. The man then removed assorted tools from shelves inside the store and left the premises, police said.
Police charged Smith with the two felonies and the next day charged him with petit larceny at Lowe’s Nov. 10.
Smith, who is represented by assigned counsel, is next due back in Suffolk County Criminal Court on Jan. 19.
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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