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Utica teenager charged in series of business break-ins in Rome

Posted 11/15/22

A Utica teenager has been charged following a series of business burglaries in Rome, including an additional theft after the teen had been placed on house arrest.

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Utica teenager charged in series of business break-ins in Rome

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ROME — A Utica teenager has been charged following a series of business burglaries in Rome, including an additional theft after the teen had been placed on house arrest, according to the Rome Police Department.

The 17-year-old male, from Utica, was taken into custody on Oct. 6 following an investigation into several reported break-ins throughout the city of Rome in August and September, police said. The identity of the teen was not released due to his young age.

Police said the teen broke into Copper City Smoke and Beverage on South James Street on Aug. 7; broke into the Rome Habib market on Lawrence Street on Aug. 23; burglarized the Capitol Theater on West Dominick Street on Aug. 23; and stole from Bill's Variety on West Thomas Street on Sept. 26. In each instance, police said the teen smashed a glass window or front door to gain entry and steal property.

The teen was identified and taken into custody on Oct. 6 on four counts of third-degree burglary, police said. The teen appeared in Oneida County Court Youth Part and was placed on house arrest pending future court appearances, police said.

While on house arrest, and after being fitted for an electronic monitoring device, police said the teen returned to Rome on Oct. 27 and robbed a food delivery driver at gunpoint. The victim was not injured.

The teen was taken into custody a second time and an additional charge of second-degree robbery was lodged against him, police stated. He was placed in a juvenile detention facility following the new robbery, authorities noted. His cases remain ongoing in youth court.

Rome Police said the investigations remain ongoing into several other reported break-ins from the same time period.

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