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Suspect in Steubenville break-in has 44 prior counts

The individual who allegedly committed the crime, Robert Smith, has 44 prior counts against him.

A local business is struggling to recover after a break in several weeks ago that caused several thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

On Wednesday, the suspect in the break-in at Nelson Fine Art & Gifts and Catholic to the Max appeared in municipal court for a pre-trial.

More than $25,000 in damage was done inside the building along Lincoln Avenue on Sept. 6.

The individual who allegedly committed the crime, Robert Smith, has 44 prior counts against him.

According to the initial police report, the crimes allegedly committed by Smith were discovered when an employee arrived to work and found the business flooded.

Mark Nelson, the owner of the business, later discovered that copper piping had been cut out of the second-floor supply closet, leaving nearly 2 inches of water throughout the building.

Smith chose to waive his preliminary hearing. He has been charged with breaking and entering -- a felony of the fifth degree

His prior record and excess of damage done to nelsons business landed him a high bond.

The prosecution asked for a $50,000 bond.

The defense argued a lesser bond, but given the information, Judge John Mascio doubled the prosecution’s recommendation

The case has been bound over to the grand jury.

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