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Serial thief gets four years prison
November 27, 2012, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff

Chauncey Smith

A serial thief who took televisions from San Mateo County stores several times, once leaving his identification behind and another hiding the appliance in a baby stroller, was sentenced Monday to four years in prison.

Chauncey Smith, 31, faced up to six years in prison after pleading no contest to felony theft and admitted having a prior strike. A judge refused to discount the strike before handing down the slightly lesser term with credit of 524 days earned.

Smith, of San Pablo, has 17 prior strike convictions. Prosecutors opted not to try him as a third-striker although they could have done so prior to the Election Day victory of the law’s amendment.

Smith’s recent alleged run of thefts began Sept. 23, 2010 when a customer at a Millbrae Walgreens saw a man grab a television and walk out without paying. An officer stopped the man but he ran away, leaving his identification behind. The ID belonged to Smith.

On Nov. 26, prosecutors say Smith pushed an empty baby stroller inside the Redwood City Kohl’s store and was able to walk out with a a $300 television inside. The next day, Smith returned to the same store and took another television but was captured on store security cameras. Review of the tape also turned up footage of the previous day’s theft.

Smith has been in custody on $150,000 bail.

Michelle Durand can be reached by email: or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 102.



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