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Burglar uses roof to break into store

COVINGTON - A homeless man who allegedly broke into a local convenience store on Christmas evening by using the business' roof vent was taken into custody by police Wednesday afternoon.

According to Sgt. Arvo Bowen, detective for the Covington Police Department, the suspect, Richard Henry Hill, 38, broke into the BP station near the intersection of Turner Lake Road and Brown Bridge Road about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Bowen said that Hill, who was reportedly captured on the store's surveillance camera, came in through a roof vent and took cigarettes and beer over a period of about 30 minutes. It appeared the perpetrator then exited the building the same way he entered.

Officers responded to an alarm at the business, but since the store's owner did not come to the scene, Bowen said they were only able to search the exterior of the building.

Hill, who was described as wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, was later spotted by Detective Steve Fowler walking near U.S. Highway 278 and Spring Street, where he was subsequently apprehended.

During an interview at CPD headquarters, Hill admitted to the burglary, according to CPD Detective Daniel Seals.

Hill is being charged with burglary in connection with the incident, but further charges could be pending, according to Seals, who said Hill may be linked to other crimes in the area.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.