Pittsburgh man accused of breaking into same store five times

PITTSBURGH Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:21pm EST

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PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A Pittsburgh man has been arrested for breaking into the same liquor store five times in the past three weeks, authorities said on Friday.

Stephen Lamm, 40, who is homeless, was arrested after breaking into Pa Wine and Spirits Store in downtown Pittsburgh and stealing two bottles of vodka early Thursday, according to a criminal complaint filed by police.

Lamm allegedly smashed a window at the same store and stole about 12 bottles of alcohol on January 28. The following day, he broke through wood covering the broken window, although it was unclear whether anything was taken.

Police say that the next day Lamm smashed a display window at the store and stole seven bottles of alcohol. Two days later, he smashed a window, stealing about four bottles, according to the complaint.

After Thursday's break-in, police identified Lamm from a surveillance video and arrested him on a charge of burglary.

During the arrest, two bottles of alcohol fell out of his coat, the complaint said.

Lamm told police he had a problem with alcohol and wanted to change, according to an earlier complaint.

(Reporting by Daniel Lovering; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Jerry Norton)

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