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Pocatello man charged with burglary after entering home through doggie door

Crime Watch

POCATELLO — A local man faces a felony charge after allegedly breaking into a home through a doggie door.

Thomas Gregory Reay, 54, has been charged with burglary, according to court records.

Pocatello police officers responded to a 911 reporting “suspicious circumstances” on the 1000 block of Howard Street around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Upon arrival, they met with Thomas, who said he had entered the home through a dog door because he believed the owner was in danger.

Officers determined that Reay did enter the home through the dog door, the affidavit shows, but while inside, he took several items of jewelry as well as the homeowner’s dog.

Reay was taken to the Bannock County Jail, where he is being held on a $50,000 bond.

Reay has been charged with these crimes, but it does not necessarily mean he committed them. Everyone is presumed innocent until they are proven guilty.

If he is found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before magistrate judge Eric Hunn on July 26.

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