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Posted May 14, 2012 | comments 1 Comment

Search warrant describes trail that led to accused burglar

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com

A search warrant filed in Warren County Circuit Court reveals details about how Front Royal police followed a trail of evidence that led them to a man they arrested in a wave of burglaries from November through early February.

Timothy Michael Jenkins, 31, whose address is listed as the Warren County Jail, was indicted last week on 10 counts of burglary in which he is accused of stealing jewelry, thousands of dollars in currency and other items.

Police said at the time of his arrest that Jenkins confessed to more than 20 burglaries concentrated in south and central parts of Front Royal.

The search warrant shows the key role that records at pawn shops and jewelry dealers played in helping police connect merchandise sold to those businesses with items stolen in the burglaries.

The search warrant links Jenkins to a December burglary at 404 E. Stonewall Drive in which "a large amount of coins [was] stolen." The warrant also states that Jenkins was seen using a Coinstar machine in Martin's supermarket soon after the burglary.

The warrant also lists Jenkins as a suspect in a burglary at Samuels Public Library in which some loose change was taken. Jenkins is seen on camera wearing a black hoodie, a mask and black gloves in the library burglary, according to the warrant.

Police found a boot print at the scene of several other burglaries in which Jenkins was a suspect, the warrant states.

The warrant also describes evidence against Jenkins uncovered in the week before his arrest. Jewelry was reported missing from a residence at 334 Pine St. during the first week of February, and police later found records at Coopers Jewelers in Winchester that showed Jenkins sold similar items to the store on Feb. 6, according to the warrant. The items at Coopers were later identified by the victim as items missing from the residence.

The warrant also lists a .22-caliber handgun and GPS device among other items stolen in burglaries linked to Jenkins.

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