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

The Riverhead man who pleaded guilty last month to burglarizing the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store on Thanksgiving night in 2021 was sentenced yesterday to two-and-a-half to five years in prison, Suffolk D.A. Ray Tierney said yesterday.

Terry Smith, 60, pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a Class D felony, and Burglary in the Third Degree, a Class D felony on May 16, Tierney said.

Smith admitted to shoplifting numerous home improvement items worth more than $3,000 from the Lowe’s store on Nov. 10, 2021, including hedge trimmers, spray gun kits, and a chainsaw, the district attorney’s office said in a press release yesterday.

Smith also admitted breaking into the same store at around 11:20 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 25, 2021, by smashing through the sliding glass entry doors with a metal beam. He then entered the store and stole multiple power tools, according to his plea allocution in court.

A store employee notified Riverhead Town Police just before 5 a.m. the following morning, and Riverhead Police, after reviewing surveillance video, located Smith at the Greenview Motel that same day, according to a Nov. 26, 2021 Riverhead Police press release.

Smith was charged by police with both the felony burglary and the previous felony shoplifting incident. He was also charged in a Nov. 10 petit larceny at Lowe’s. He was indicted on the felony charges by a Suffolk grand jury in December 2021 and entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment.

He was sentenced yesterday in Suffolk County Criminal Court by Acting Supreme Court Justice Richard Horowitz.

“It is important for the community to know that those caught burglarizing and stealing from businesses, like this defendant, will be held responsible for their actions,” the district attorney said in his press release yesterday.

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