By Joe Beck -- email@example.com
What began as a wave of burglaries in Front Royal last winter ended in a prison sentence of six years for Timothy Michael Jenkins, 31, in Warren County Circuit Court Tuesday.
Judge Dennis L. Hupp imposed the sentence after Jenkins pleaded guilty to 10 counts of burglary and one count of obtaining money under false pretenses.
Hupp sentenced Jenkins to a total of 22 years, but suspended all but six of them. The sentence also includes three years probation.
Jenkins was the focus of an intense search mounted by the Front Royal Police Department in November when the first in a wave of burglaries was reported. The burglaries continued until police and Warren County sheriff's deputies arrested him in early February.
Police said Jenkins confessed to more than 20 burglaries in south and central neighborhoods of Front Royal during his spree. The stolen items were mostly jewelry and currency, according to court records. A 22-caliber handgun and GPS were also listed among the missing items.
Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Madden told Hupp during Tuesday's hearing that police got a much needed break in the case in early February when jewelry reported taken in a burglary at 334 Pine St. was linked to records at Coopers Jewelers in Winchester. The records showed Jenkins sold items to the store around the same time, Madden said. The burglary victim later identified the items as those stolen from the residence.
Police found Jenkins while investigating two more burglaries on Acton Street and Bass Avenue after one law enforcement officials spotted him leaving the side of a building and recognized him from a poster that had been circulated.
Court records also showed that Jenkins deposited coins in a Coinstar machine at a supermarket, currency police said was obtained in a burglary. Police also linked a boot print found at several burglaries to Jenkins, according to court records.
Madden said Jenkins confessed to the burglaries and drove police around Front Royal showing them which homes he burglarized and explaining why he committed the crimes.
"Basically, he said he committed these crimes because he had a drug addiction, a drug problem and was feeding his habit," Madden said.