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Alleged burglar from Hamilton Beach busted for shoplifting in Brooklyn

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A Hamilton Beach burglar who led officers on a foot chase in April was arrested again on Saturday for trying to return a power drill he allegedly stole from a shopping cart at a Brooklyn home improvement store.

Keith Kolm tried returning the tool, which he allegedly stole from a shopping cart filled with items marked “returns,” at 12:28 p.m. on Saturday at the East New York Home Depot, according to Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.

Reportedly, a security guard at the store spotted Kolm stealing the power drill and exchanging the tool for a store credit gift card. Kolm punched a security officer in the face as he tried to flee, according to the criminal complaint.

He was charged with second- and third-degree robbery, assault in the third degree, petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree and harassment in the fifth degree.

Kolm, 25, of 164th Road, first made headlines when he broke into a Key Food on Cross Bay Boulevard on April 6 and stole an ATM. After fleeing the scene, Kolm placed a fake 911 call regarding an officer in need of assistance.

When officers discovered that the call actually came from Kolm, they drove to his house and were led on a pursuit through backyards and streets in Hamilton Beach. They arrested Kolm on the rooftop of a home near 104th Street and 163rd Drive after a 40-minute search.

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