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Batavia PD nabs suspected thief during alleged burglary in progress on Washington Avenue

An alert neighbor spotted a potential burglary in progress on Washington Avenue on Tuesday leading to the arrest of a man police suspect may have been involved in other break-ins in the city.

Francis S. Smith, 19, of 20 S. Main St., Batavia, has been charged with burglary in the second degree and investigators are working to determine whether he may have been involved in other larcenies.

Smith is being held on bail in the Genesee County Jail.

His arrest followed a report of a burglary in progress about noon on Tuesday. Police responded, surrounded the residence and officers entered the residence and found Smith allegedly involved in a larceny of property from the residence.

A reader who was in the area at the time of the incident told The Batavian this is what he saw:

"The cops were yelling to someone inside to come out with their hands up. The man inside the house came out a second-story window on top of the porch roof. At that time the police drew their guns and ordered him to freeze and put his hands up. They brought the man back into the house and out the front door before putting him into the police car."

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Check out his facebook page. All he does is whine. If whining was a prosperous trade, he'd be Bill Gates.

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004824547280

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Courts so gay they just take there damn time like we got nothin better to fuck do wit are day.

Don't get into trouble and you won't have to worry about how slow court is. While you're locked up for a couple of years, you should probably do yourself a favor and get an education.

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Well DY,

I don't have a face book account and I'll take your word for it.

No doubt Frank's Mommy always told him he was special; it’s a self- esteem thing and often time undeserved; given his present situation, Mom lied.

Frank might think he's tough; however that will change; he very well might get an education and not the kind that will benefit him. Sometimes in prison and particularly in the case of whiners, gay sometimes take on a whole new meaning other than carefree or merry.

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Sometimes your the board, sometimes your the nail.... Something tells me that if this 19 yr old starts whining, he will very much either be (the) board, or he's gonna get nailed. Pick you own pun. Smile

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You disgust me! Do you know him ? No i know you dont. His mother has nothing to do with it. To wish a young boy gets raped is a terrible thing to wish on someone. I will pray for him, his family and "you all" that nothing bad ever happens in your family. What goes around comes around. You dont know anything.

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Chris how about the homeowner? He violated their rights and made them feel unsafe. Do you know who is peeking in your closets? How would you feel if you were the victim?

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Ive been a victim, ive been a mother, and i've been the friend of a prison rape VICTIM. Not that its your business. But sorry very rude to say in public. If that were my son what do you think I would do? You put your name and township up and then make stupid comments on something you know nothing about. just saying! Do you know who is peeking in your closets? You dont have the right to bash people.

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Wow as if no one on earth ever was a relative of a criminal and dealt with it. I do not see what you are talking about. I bashed no one.

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Lori, Ive been abused, ive been stalked, Ive had someone peeking in my windows dont tell me "how would you feel"?

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Not you, you just came into the conversation. That's my point.
Not knowing what you talking about. Because a child makes a few mistakes while they are growing up does not mean, they are not educated or has a bad mother, or should be raped in prison as was said earlier. in my opinion that's terrible to say.

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Sorry Chris I was a victim too, of parental abuse, victim of childhood rape and I have been the victim of crime that left me in a hospital for a week (someone broke in to steal my commodore 64 and hit me in the head w a baseball bat) So your assumption that comments are "stupid" is without basis an just as much an "injustice" You are welcome to your opinion, but you know what just because your circumstances are rough it doesnt mean that you have justification to turn to crime or victimize others. Thats a choice, I have been homeless3 times in my life, one=ce due to an abusive father. Twice more from fires in neighboring apartments that wiped me out. No matter how low I was laid financially there are programs and agencies that help you back up. The problem is most smartass kids think thug life is easier and quicker way to riches. Those that survive the lessons that teaches are the lucky ones. Not looking both ways while crossing the street is a childhood mistake, fighting with other kids or stealing their lunch money are mistakes. But breaking into someones home is a choice, attempting to evade police when caught in the act is a choice. If you are implying that this child of 19 is educated, then that makes his crimes even worse as he should know better if educated.

Now he will be educated in the lifestyle he chose, as far as I'm concerned there are no victims in prison they all made choices to get where they are, and that lifestyle has rules and "customs" that they follow that we have no control over. Our comments may be just as wrong or offensive but we are entitled to air them just as much as you are. And speaking for myself if he still continues to be a punk, then he will get his come uppance in that place, be it rape or a beating or whatever, no matter how tough you THINK you are theres always someone meaner, tougher and more determined to prove you are wrong. People sometimes need to have bad things happen to learn life lessons. Some of us learn better from little mistakes where the only victims are ourselves.

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Sorry Lorie I think her anger is for my board and nail comment. See comment above for detailed response to her misdirected rant Smile

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Maybe if he went back to school and worked on the basics of grammar, spelling, and sentence structure?

Lorie Cook
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I doubt there was much brain power in mr smiths thinking. But that is just my assumption. If he spews ignorance to cover his own foolishness...well he got what he deserved. I am sure he is down on his knees right now begging for gods forgiveness. That is all.

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While I certainly don't wish prison rape on this kid, let's not turn him into a victim.

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"The cops were yelling to someone inside to come out with their hands up. The man inside the house came out a second-story window on top of the porch roof. At that time the police drew their guns and ordered him to freeze and put his hands up. They brought the man back into the house and out the front door before putting him into the police car."

He was robbing houses. What part of that do people not understand? I'm sure a lot of people may like him, but he's a thief. He's 19 and he's got way too much free time. At 19 he should be growing up and showing everyone what he's made of. Instead, he chooses to show everyone what he's NOT made of. It's not too late, though. He could make a full comeback and be the best citizen the city of Batavia has ever known. It's all up to him, but right now he has a lot going against him. It's not our fault that he chose his path.

I looked at his facebook page and if my son ever sounded that whiny, I'd put a dress on him.

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Makes one wonder why Doug has dresses to put on 19 yr old boys.......wait, what Huh?

Just kidding Doug (before someone takes me to task for this being a serious comment instead of bad humor)

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Oh i get it now ! maybe they target you ! just a thought.

Locking my doors never stopped anyone from robbing my house. In fact, it didn't slow them down at all. They just kicked in the door or broke the back window. My immediate neighbors claimed to have never heard a thing. Eventually I left the doors unlocked so that they could just come in and I wouldn't have to replace the door. I moved out of the city of Rochester to East Bethany in order to escape the high crime. The reality is that it doesn't matter where you live..people are the same all over. My 4 wheeler was stolen right out of my driveway on East Rd and as far as I know has never been found by police.

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Do you get it Chris......judging from your out of left field quote of a previous post of Doug's I dont think so. But keep trying maybe you'll learn something.

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Bring back the military draft, so these lost souls without any skill sets, ambition,or job futures can get out of Batavia for aleast 2 years. Basic training in any of the military units will turn these boys into men. Israel has the right thinking when it requires a least 2 years of military service from everyone citizen.

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Kyle, inmates will always have people that defend them..that say they're just misunderstood. They're good people, they just break into your house and steal things from time to time. C'mon, it's not that bad! If you didn't lock your doors, they could just walk in like they're invited! Wait, oh yeah, I tried that before. They still kicked in the door because they were too stupid to see if the door was locked or not. If Francis were my brother, I'd call him a stupid *expletive* and stuff my foot up his *expletive*. I sure in the hell wouldn't feel sorry for him. Chris, you actually almost sounded like you were defending me in your last post.

Having your house broken into just might make you a bit hardened to burglars. When you come home and find your door kicked in, all of your valuables and sentimental items gone and have the feeling that someone just might still be inside the house, out comes the Kimber .45 before you even dial 911. At least that's what I did when I found my house like that. Francis is lucky to be alive so stop crying because people are commenting about his criminality and public personality. Get over it, he got caught breaking into a house and is suspected in similar crimes. We get to kick him around a little bit.

Kyle, I snooped through my girlfriend's sister's closet and stole a silky black dress. I love how it rubs against the hair on my legs.

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TP, great idea, but even the military won't take them anymore. They take up too much time and money that could be spent on worthwhile recruits.

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ha ha in my opinion,this kid is nothing more then a thief

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Perhaps it was his mother fault; perhaps not, Perhaps he is just bad to the core and beyond redemption, all environmental reasons aside. This article provides one explanation.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100325093124.htm

Mar. 29, 2010 — New research from the University of Reading says that children, especially boys, who have insecure attachments to their mothers in the early years have more behaviour problems later in childhood.

The analysis by Dr Pasco Fearon, from the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, looked at 69 studies involving almost 6,000 children aged 12 and younger.

The quality of the relationship between children and their parents is important to children's development, but past research on the link between attachment and development has been inconsistent. The volume, range and diversity of earlier studies made it difficult to get a clear picture. However this new analysis has been able to pull together evidence from past research to answer a number of scientific questions around attachment.

According to attachment theory, children with secure attachments expect and receive support and comfort from their care givers. In contrast, children with insecure attachments have requests discouraged, rejected, or responded to inconsistently, which is thought to make them vulnerable to developing behavioural problems.

The new research sought to clarify the extent to which bonds between children and their mums early in life affect children's later behavioural problems, such as aggression or hostility. The studies included in the review used a range of methods for assessing children's behaviour problems, including parent and teacher questionnaires and direct observations.

Dr Fearon said: "The central question we posed was whether attachment insecurity was associated with behaviour problems across all the studies conducted to date. The results showed quite clearly that the answer to this question is a firm yes.

"More specifically, our analysis showed that children with insecure attachments to their mothers, particularly boys, had significantly more behavioural problems, even when the behavioural problems were measured years later."

The study also recommends the need for treatment studies focusing on attachment and for more research on the significance of attachment between children and their fathers.

The study was funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

Here is another study dealing with gender identity and acting out.

http://www.fathersforlife.org/dale/childhood_of_homosexual_men_3.htm

Of course its never the mother's fault or the father's or anybodies fault;everybody is a victim and feelings trump logic and fact. Good parents or bad parents have no influence in their children's development during the formative years or beyond. Parents whose children never make understandable mistakes such as burglary are are merely lucky and the rest not.

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Chris, the sad part is that, kids like this kid usually have parents who do not care, are the same way or given up because, they can't control them. I could care less you have a friend who was alledgely raped in prison. If you are a victim my condolence. This kid does not deserve my sympathy. As far as facebook goes, if you posted it, you own it. All I can say is, "Stupid is as stupid does!" As far as no one has the right to bash someone. Yes they do, freedom of speech, freedom of expression. Plus this knucklehead deserves it.

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Doug, when you refer to him as Francis in your post, all I can think of is "Stripes"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMtvnAmfuf8

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"Any of youz homos touch me...I kill ya" - "Lighten up, FRANCIS!"

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Doug please warn me before making mental pictures of you in a black silky dress, I seriously need the "mind's eye bleach" to remove that image. I had to get my own breakfast cause I called my wife Doug when she put on black dress for work...... damn I hate when that happens.

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Lol Kyle. Check your guestbook for hate messages from Chris Vallett. She left me lovins 2 days ago. smile713 is Chris.:

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You should never be a writer. opinionated, rude, have no life of your own. Maybe THINK before you open your lousey ideas to the public. I would never send money to this site if it involves you.

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Ok Doug....I will.

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Apparently she's all yours Doug, I have no messages from her in my guestbook. Maybe its cause I dont wear a silky black dress with unshaven legs....

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