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Man arrested, charged with burglary, Jamestown police say

Robert Jay Smoke, 55, was arrested on suspicion of burglarly and has been formally charged with burglary, theft of property and criminal mischief, said Maj. Justin Blinsky with the Jamestown Police Department

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Robert Jay Smoke
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JAMESTOWN — A Hogansburg, New York, man was arrested on suspicion of burglary Monday, July 4, after investigating a report of a residence in northeast Jamestown being burglarized, according Maj. Justin Blinsky, assistant chief of police with the Jamestown Police Department.

Robert Jay Smoke, 55, was arrested on suspicion of burglarly and has been formally charged with burglary, theft of property and criminal mischief, Blinsky said. He is in the Stutsman County Correctional Center.

Blinsky said officers responded to a call at about 9:45 p.m. Monday from the Stutsman County Communications Center to investigate a report of a residence on the 400 block of 4th Street Northeast being burglarized. He said the resident was not home at the time of the break-in but was notified by a concerned neighbor.

Blinsky said officers found a window that was smashed to gain entry into the residence. During the investigation, it was determined several electronic devices had been stolen from inside the residence, he said.

Officers obtained a description of the suspect from a witness.

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Responding officers located a male inside a nearby residence who matched the description of the suspect, Blinsky said. He said Smoke was still in possession of the stolen electronic devices that were recovered.

Blinsky said a security video system also helped identify the suspect.

It is unknown if the victim and Smoke know each other, but it is believed the suspect previously resided in the Jamestown area, Blinsky said.

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