By Joe Beck -- firstname.lastname@example.org
FRONT ROYAL -- Town police caught a man Friday who they believe is responsible for more than 20 residential burglaries since November.
Timothy Michael Jenkins Jr., 31, of Front Royal was arrested and charged with three counts of burglary and one count of grand larceny. A news release issued by Chief Richard H. Furr said Jenkins confessed to more than 20 burglaries that detectives have been investigating for about three months.
Jenkins is currently being held without bond at the Warren County Jail while awaiting court proceedings.
Sgt. Jason Ryman, criminal division supervisor, said in an interview he expected "numerous" additional charges against Jenkins. Ryman estimated that "a couple thousand" dollars worth of loose change, cash and some items of jewelry were taken during the burglaries and thefts.
"There's still a few pieces we have to put together here, and we're going to take to the commonwealth's attorney before additional charges are placed, Ryman said.
Ryman said Jenkins was arrested about 11 a.m. while walking around Acton Street near the site of one of the burglaries.
The arrest came after police identified Jenkins as a suspect during the investigation.
Police say they began closing in on Jenkins in the middle of the morning Friday while investigating two more burglaries, one in the 400 block of Acton Street and the other in the 700 block of Bass Avenue.
A warrant had been issued for Jenkins' arrest on Wednesday, according to Furr's news release.
Police detectives investigating the burglaries Friday morning notified Front Royal police patrols and investigators with the Sheriff's Office of the need to find Jenkins, Furr said.
Ryman said a Front Royal officer spotted Jenkins leaving the side of a building, recognized him from a poster he had received, and stopped and identified him.
Jenkins offered no resistance as he was taken into custody, according to Ryman.
Ryman said the investigation leading to Jenkins' arrest progressed through the use of spreadsheets, maps and concentrating resources in places where most of the burglaries were reported.
Although police continue to field reports of other burglaries in town, the specific wave registered for three months in the southern and central residential neighborhoods has likely ended with Jenkins' arrest, Ryman said.
"We think we've got a clamp on it now. [Jenkins is] the primary cohort," Ryman said.
Anyone with additional information about the burglaries is asked to contact detective Jason Winner at 636-2208.