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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2008 11:23 pm | Updated: 9:34 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A Mesa serial burglar faces federal charges, ten counts of commercial theft, and is accused of stealing more than $10,000 dollars worth of property, but he says he’s committed even more crimes than authorities realize.

Todd Robert Smith, 45, was arrested on Jan. 8th and is suspected of burglarizing several commercial buildings between Oct. 2007 and Jan. of 2008, according to West Mesa Justice Court records.

Court records listed eight different cases at different business locations. Employees at the locations gave similar descriptions of Smith and were able to identify him in a police photo lineup. All witness accounts listed the suspect as a bald, white male, weighing between 150 to 160 pounds.

According to court documents one witness at Save the Family Foundation, at 450 W. 4th Place, said that she saw the suspect walk from the interior of the building, which had no public access, and smile directly at her as he walked out. The report states that moments later three employees discovered stolen credit cards, cash, and personal items that amounted to $932.00 dollars.

Other buildings include Chicago Cubs Training Facility, at 160 E. 6th Place; an AT&T building with secured private access, at 1355 W. University Dr; and Landmark Restaurant at 809 W. Main St., according to court records.

Smith was arrested at 633 W. 1st Ave in Mesa. The suspect was cited as having a history of substance and alcohol abuse, and stated he had committed hundreds of burglaries because of his methamphetamine addiction, records show.

When shown a list of all the burglaries he was suspected of Smith said that he committed many more, although he refused to give further information on the locations of stolen property, according to court documents.

The total amount of damages and known stolen property adds up to $10,465.00, according to court records.

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