Man charged after allegedly breaking convenience store window, stealing cigarettes

By Beth Brogan, Times Record
Posted Nov. 11, 2011, at 12:01 p.m.

BATH, Maine — Bath police charged a 19-year-old man with felony burglary following a Friday morning break-in at a Clipper Mart.

Alexander P. Smith, 19, of Bath was charged with the Class C felony after police say he threw a rock through a glass window at the convenience store on Leeman Highway and then crawled into the building and stole cigarettes.

Bath police Officer Ted Raedel responded to the store just after 3:30 a.m. Friday, after a newspaper delivery person noticed the broken window, Bath police Lt. Stan Cielinski said Wednesday.

Surveillance video allegedly showed a suspect wearing red Converse sneakers jumping over the counter and taking cigarettes, then leaving through a rear exit and dropping a few packs.

According to Cielinski, Raedel worked again the next night, and at about 2 a.m. Saturday drove by the rear exit and saw two people smoking on a nearby porch on Court Street.

“One of the people had Converse sneakers,” Cielinski said, “and Ted remembered from the video that one of the people in the break-in wore Converse sneakers.”

Raedel stopped to speak to the men, and noticed that they were smoking the brand of cigarettes that had been stolen on Friday, Cielinski said. The men “were cooperative” and allowed Raedel to photograph the sneakers.

Raedel compared those photos to the video and noticed matching stains.

Cielinski said Smith “cooperated with the investigation” and received a criminal summons for Class C felony burglary.

Police do not believe the other man on the Court Street porch was involved in the burglary.

Smith is scheduled to appear in West Bath District Court on Jan. 10, 2012.

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