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Burglary charges filed against Rochester man

From staff reports

Burglary charges have been filed against a man suspected of breaking into at least one Rochester home last week.

Reginald Lamont Smith, 39, 1533 Fourth Ave. S.E., No. 6, Rochester, is charged with one count of first-degree burglary, one count of second-degree burglary, receiving stolen property and illegally being in possession of a pistol.

Police arrested Smith Sept. 4 after a woman called them, reporting suspicious activity. She said Smith had come to her door asking for work mowing her grass. She turned him down and said she watched as he went next door and pretended to be talking to residents there. She knew they were gone. She said he then looked in the windows.

Police said there had been a string of burglaries in the neighborhood in the days preceding the incident. When officers went to check on the man, they found him walking on the street, carrying a duffel bag. Officers said they asked to see what was inside the bag and Smith reached inside. A second officer noticed what appeared to be a gun box inside the bag. Officers grabbed Smith's arm, and discovered a loaded handgun inside the bag. Authorities said they later learned that the gun, along with some other items in the bag and the bag itself, had been stolen in a burglary.

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Bail is set at $100,000, and Smith's next court appearance is Sept. 18.

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