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Tony Dean Smith Jr.

Tony Dean Smith Jr.

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — A man arrested following a break-in at a Reidsville jewelry store Tuesday has now also been charged with felony breaking and entering into Colonial Funeral Home in Madison, as well as several other crimes.

Tony Dean Smith Jr., of Eden, is also charged with felony larceny after breaking and entering, felony possession of stolen goods, felony breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and injury to real property.

Smith, 40, previously was charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering and injury to real property.

Police said they believe the funeral home was broken into during the early morning hours Tuesday.  The break-in at Eden Jewelry also occurred Tuesday morning, when Smith crashed a stolen car into the store.

Smith was arrested in Madison around 10 a.m. Tuesday and is in custody in the Rockingham County Jail under an additional $400,000 secured bond.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 10.


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