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Monday, May 7, 2012, 8:42 p.m.

Surveillance-camera footage helped police identify a Uniontown man they said broke into a tobacco shop and made three trips to and from the store to gather cigarettes and other items.

George Rhome, 53, of 45 S. Mt. Vernon Ave., is charged by Uniontown police with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.

In a report, police said surveillance-camera footage from Value Tobacco at 127 W. Fayette St. shows Rhome breaking out the store's front window at 8:55 p.m. Saturday and entering the shop. He tried to replace the broken glass, according to the report, then walked around the store, gathering tobacco, cigarettes and a cigarette-rolling machine.

Police said Rhome cut himself on the glass, leaving a trail of blood on the window, cash register, a display cabinet, the floor and merchandise.

Store employees and police identified Rhome, who according to the report is a regular customer at the shop, as the man depicted in the surveillance footage, according to the report.

Police recovered a number of bloodstained items from Rhome's room at a personal care home where he resides, according to the report, including a cigarette-rolling machine, latex gloves and plastic bags containing rolled cigarettes.

Rhome was arraigned Saturday before on-call District Judge Joseph George Jr. and placed in the Fayette County jail in lieu of $10,000 bond. He faces a preliminary hearing 9 a.m. May 12 before Uniontown District Judge Michael Metros.

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