A Shawnee man arrested after police nabbed him with stolen loot last month now faces 11 felony counts after detectives cleared numerous burglary cases allegedly committed by the same suspect.
Anthony Ray Smith, 30, is formally charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with three counts of burglary in the second degree, two counts of grand larceny and six counts of knowingly concealing stolen property.
Smith was arrested in connection with a burglary in the 1800 block of North Minnesota on Feb. 19, with that case leading police to identify him as a suspect and discover stolen items during a search warrant served at 2202 W. Benedict, where he also was arrested.
The investigation cleared numerous burglaries, according to Shawnee police, as they logged more than 100 items of stolen property into evidence.
In the burglary counts, Smith is accused of breaking and entering a shed at 1804 N. Minnesota, a storage shed at 1101 N. Harrison and a trailer parked at 16 E. Drummond Street, charges show.
For the grand larceny counts, he is accused of taking a Car hauler trailer from 3 W. MacArthur and a 55-inch television that belonged to Express Management.
For the counts of concealing stolen property, Smith is accused of concealing property at 2202 W. Benedict, where the search warrant was served. Charges show items involved, included a tiller, generator and lawn mower, along with numerous other items, including a workout gym, the trailer, and other miscellaneous tools and other items.
The items were found at the Benedict Street home, where the owner told police Smith does not reside there but he had been bringing items to her home, the report shows. She gave police permission to search the property, where the stolen items were recovered.
During an interview with detectives, Smith admitted that he purchased bolt cutters in October and began using them to break into sheds and outbuildings in Shawnee. The report shows he detailed some of the items taken from various locations around town, which assisted in the investigation.
Smith remains jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.
His next court date on these charges hasn’t yet been scheduled.
If convicted on the counts, Smith could face various punishments ranging from to seven years on each count in a state penitentiary.
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