Samuel Edward Smith

Rooftop burglar sentenced to prison

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

Samuel Edward Smith pleaded guilty to seven burglaries, the first of which occurred 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 a suspect in the burglaries of Reef Tech, an aquarium supply store on East Jackson Street, and the Westminster Presbyterian Church on Oakwood Drive, which occurred in the same time frame.

Hoppe said Smith must pay restitution to the victims of his crimes once he is released.

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