Man charged for burglary at same Cranberry Township home

October 10, 2018 Cranberry Breaking News

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CRANBERRY TWP — The third time wasn't the charm for a man accused of targeting the same township home on three separate occasions and taking $100,000 in cash.

Anthony Dwayne Smith, 25, of Canonsburg faces charges for a string of incidents in the spring and summer of 2017 at the same Cranberry Township home.

According to the criminal complaint, a burglary report was made March 12, 2017, by the owners of a Strawberry Circle home. The homeowners said multiple items were stolen from the residence, and a rear, ground-floor window was smashed from the outside. Included in the stolen items was a cash box containing an estimated $100,000, the complaint states.

On July 23, 2017, a second attempted burglary was reported at the same residence. An alarm was activated at 12:30 a.m., and officers found attempted forcible entry and fresh fingerprints on a rear, ground-level window, the complaint states.

The next day, a third burglary report was made at the home, with officers finding the home was entered through the same window that had been tampered with the night prior.

Fingerprints were found around the window area, and unspecified items that had been left by the suspect inside the home. The complaint states blood was collected from the broken glass of the basement window.

The fingerprints and blood samples were sent to a state police lab for processing, and the fingerprints were found to belong to Smith. A blood analysis did not eliminate Smith as a suspect, the complaint states.

Residents of Strawberry Circle also told police they had seen three men walking in the area, and identified one as Smith.

On Oct. 11, 2017, the FBI conducted a search of Smith's North Strabane Township residence, and allegedly found the cash box that had been taken during the March burglary.

Smith was charged Tuesday with felony overnight burglary and criminal trespassing and misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He has not yet been arrested.

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