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Reported By Steve Weider
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department held a press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 9, to announce the arrests of three suspects involved in a recent rash of “smash and grab” burglaries. Over 20 businesses were broken into in Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Steuben and Wayne counties in recent months, with the main item stolen thousands of dollars of cigarettes.
Due to the widespread and similar nature of the thefts to a similar spree in convenience stores in 2020, a multijurisdictional task force was quickly established between sheriff’s offices in Monroe, Wayne, Orleans, Yates, Livingston, Ontario and Genesee Counties, the New York State police, and Rochester City police.
Working together, the agencies were able to arrest three suspects in the recent burglary spree. They are Eric Smith, 35, of Rochester, Kristina Marble, 26, of Scottsville, and Andrew Duckworth, 42, of Batavia.
Marble and Smith, along with Jose Cruz, were arrested in 2020 for those earlier burglaries, and it was learned that Smith had just been released from jail on Oct. 12, on supervised probation, and three days later, another smash and grab spree began, starting with a store in Marion, Wayne County. On October 26, Wester’s in Conesus was burglarized when thieves smashed the glass door around 5:30 a.m. and made off with about $3,000 worth of cigarettes.
Both Marble and Smith had prior felony arrests for the 2020 burglaries, and so were ineligible for bail for charges related to the Wester’s burglary for which they are now charged. They are in the Livingston County jail charged with 3 felonies each: felony burglary in the third degree, felony grand larceny in the third degree, and felony criminal mischief in the third degree. Other charges may be pending for both Marble and Smith.
Duckworth was charged by the Wayne County Sheriff’s office with two counts of Burglary in the Third Degree and two counts of Petit Larceny for a Wayne County “smash and grab” and was released on bail the next day.