Archive for August 11th, 2011

It’s Tough To Quit . . .

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Robert T. Lee Jr., 40, of East Rochester, was charged recently with third degree burglary, third degree criminal mischief and fourth degree grand larceny after stealing cigarettes from a closed gas station here.

Police say he has admitted to, or was implicated in, at least 19 burglaries totaling more than $12,700 in cigarettes and $8,000 in charges from broken glass.

Lee probably used the sophisticated “smash and grab” method of stealing the smokes.  Here a burglar smashes the front windows of stores with a hammer or large rock, grabs dozens of packs of cigarettes, and then tries to escape before police arrive.

The alleged burglar looked a little surprised while being photographed for his file photo.  Police would not comment on whether Lee was offered cigarettes during his interrogations.