Burglary Suspect Arrested

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ostranderd in KDPS News on Nov 16, 2012
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Kalamazoo Man Arrested for Numerous Business Burglaries

Kalamazoo, MI:


Public Safety Officers were dispatched to the Family Dollar store at

1710 S. Westnedge St. on November 5th 

2012 at 11:47pm on a burglary alarm. Officers

found the business broken into and the suspect had fled the scene. Moments later, PSOs

Marc Rifenberg, Greg Magnan and Sgt. Anthony Morgan located the suspect and he was

arrested and the stolen property recovered.

The suspect has been identified as Robert Lee Smith, age 45 of Kalamazoo.

Numerous gas station and convenience stores were targeted by Mr. Smith during the

month of October. Detectives interviewed Mr. Smith and in the course of the

investigation, he confessed to five additional business burglaries.

The other businesses burglarized were: The Cork Shell Station, The S. Westnedge Shell

Station, the Park St. Market, Paul’s Pantry and The Tobacco Store.

The property taken at the burglaries was primarily cigarettes. Mr. Smith will be charged

with the five additional burglaries.

Anyone with information about these incidents is encouraged to contact Kalamazoo

Public Safety at 337-8994, Silent Observer at 343-2100 or kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

Kalamazoo Public Safety




By authority of:

Lt. David O’Strander


Date: 11-16-12

Address: 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy., Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Contact: Capt. Victor Ledbetter 337-8139