Cemetery Street man charged with break-ins, robberies of storage units

JERSEY SHORE – A 33-year-old Cemetery Street man has been charged with allegedly breaking into 19 storage locker units at Bull Dog Storage on McCanna Drive on April 11, according to Tiadaghton Valley Regional police Capt. Martin Jeirles.

Investigators allege Thomas L. Smith, of 1221 Cemetery St., stole a variety of items from the lockers, including washers, dryers, television sets, gold coins, lamps, Christmas items, sports cards and computer equipment.

Smith allegedly broke into the rental units using a set a bolt cutters that police seized from his home. Smith has admitted to stealing the items from the units and selling some of the items at second-hand stores.

While several victims told police that nothing appeared stolen from their storage units, others reported losses of close to $2,000.

Smith, who also faces charges for his alleged involvement in other crimes, has been charged in this case alone with a total of 52 counts, including 19 felony counts each of burglary and criminal mischief and seven counts each of theft and receiving stolen property.

Jeirles also has charged Smith with allegedly breaking into the garage at the Jersey Shore Cemetery and stealing four gas cans and taking gasoline from a parked truck there between April 12 and April 15. The gas cans were recovered at his home, police said.

In another case, Jeirles has charged Smith with receiving stolen property after police recovered from Smith’s home a cuckoo clock, a wooden night stick, a Bible and a metal detector that were all stolen from Juanita Hillyard’s storage unit in Woodward Township in mid-April.

Arraigned before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley, Smith remains jailed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.