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Somerset Township man charged in string of burglaries

| Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, 8:21 p.m.

A Somerset Township man is accused of burglarizing more than 30 businesses in the Somerset area in recent months.

Roy Thomas Penrose III, 22, of Friedens was arrested Thursday by state police at Somerset and charged with stealing thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise from businesses between August and October, according to Trooper Robert Lewis.

Police recovered lottery tickets, four safes, car exhaust and speaker parts, drugs and an allegedly stolen gun from the suspect's home.

Police said a CrimeStoppers tip led them to Penrose.

Clothing found at Penrose's house helped police link him to several burglaries in which he was caught on surveillance cameras, Lewis said.

Police said they recovered shoes at Penrose's home that matched shoe prints found at crime scenes. Lewis said the investigation is ongoing.

Penrose is in the county jail on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property. More charges are forthcoming, Lewis said. Bail was set at $75,000.

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