Multiple law enforcement agencies announced the arrest of 3 people for a series of about 30 burglaries in a 6-county area. Nearly all of the burglaries were convenience stores or gas stations, and the main theft in each was thousands of dollars of cigarettes each time. A fourth man suspected of being part of the group earlier had been arrested in May 2020, along with Marble, for a similar incident.
The three latest suspects were arrested in Ontario County, when a deputy was called to a gas station on West Main St., Victor, around midnight, on Sept.28. A car belonging to Kristina Marble was parked outside the gas station, and, as deputies watched, they could hear glass breaking, and then the car left a few minutes later. After confirming the gas station had been broken into, deputies found and followed Marble’s car, pulling it over on i-490 west, near the Erie Canal. As the car stopped, one suspect jumped out and ran toward the canal, but the other two remained, and were taken into custody.
The two in the car, Kristina Marble,25, and Eric Smith, 34, both originally from Caledonia, NY, in Livingston County, were arrested, and deputies started to look for the third suspect, Jose Cruz Rosado. He was seen entering the Erie Canal and attempting to swim to the other side. Unfortunately, he was not a good swimmer, and soon started exhibiting difficulty staying afloat in the cold water, so Monroe County Deputy Nicholas Mahoney jumped in and rescued him and brought him to shore, where he too was taken into custody.
Cruz-Rosado had a felony warrant in Pennsylvania and is being held in the Ontario County jail awaiting extradition. Eric Smith was sent to the Monroe County jail where he was remanded to in lieu of $10,000 cash bail, $20,000 bond or $30,000 secured bond bail. Kristina Marble was issued an appearance ticket for Mendon Town Court at a later date.
Overall, as of Oct. 16, Kristina Marble and Eric Smith are facing four felony charges each, and Smith is also charged with misdemeanors and other charges. Jose Cruz-Rosado is facing one charge of burglary for the Victor theft in Ontario County, but also has the felony charge in Pennsylvania.
Marble and Smith are thought to be responsible for most of the 30 burglaries of convenience stores in the a 6-county area including Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Genesee, Wyoming, and Wayne counties in the last few months.
Marble was also arrested earlier this year, along with Smith and another man, Billy Brown, in Gates after a burglary at the Gates Speedway station on May 20, 2020. At the time, both Smith and Marble received appearance tickets. Brown, a parolee, was remanded to jail. Similar thefts at other gas stations continued at various locations throughout the summer, where the pattern was either a glass door or glass window smashed with a rock, and people entered the store, stealing large quantities of cigarettes.