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May 16, 2013

2011 burglar sentenced

PLATTSBURGH — One of four men arrested on burglary and weapons charges in 2011 was sentenced to five years of probation.

Brennen D. Smith, 22, of Keeseville pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary.

In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, Smith burglarized a home on College Street in the Town of Jay hamlet of AuSable Forks, Ray Brook-based State Police said soon after the incident.

He stole two handguns and a butterfly knife from the residence.

Smith then gave the guns to another man, who hid them on the side of the road before two others joined them. The four men broke into Adirondack Mountain Spirits, taking about $2,000 worth of liquor, police said.

Police said they later went to a home on Intervale Avenue that had been evacuated due to the flooding from Irene and stole a television from that residence.

One man left, and then Smith and the two others took another television, some jewelry, a fan and some cigarettes, police said.

In addition to third-degree burglary, Smith was originally charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, a felony, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor.

Clinton County Judge McGill ordered Smith to pay $529 restitution, $375 in mandatory surcharges and the DNA sample collection fee.

The status of the cases of the other three men — Alexander J. Santa Maria, Lance A. Sawyer and Ryan D. Evens — was not available.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

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