Man who broke into businesses through roof sentenced to prison

A 39-year-old man who went on a rooftop burglary spree late last year was sentenced today to more than four years in prison.

Samuel Edward Smith Jr. pleaded guilty to seven burglaries, the first of which occurred on Dec. 15, 2011.

Smith, who has a long criminal history including convictions for burglary and theft, remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail.

He will serve 52 months in prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of second-degree burglary, said prosecutor David Hoppe.

"Normally you don't see this amount of time for property crimes, but (Smith) earned it for his past history and these latest crimes," Hoppe said.

Smith broke into the Minute Market on Highland Drive, Rogue Valley Pet and Cost Cutters on East Barnett Road and a computer business on East Main Street, as well as other businesses.

In each case, Smith gained access to the business through the roof.

Smith was ruled out as the suspect in burglaries of Reef Tech, an aquarium supply store on East Jackson Street, and the Westminster Presbyterian Church on Oakwood Drive that occurred in the same timeframe.

Hoppe said Smith is ordered to pay restitution to the victims of his crime spree once he is released from prison.

— Chris Conrad

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