Following Monday’s arrest of a Thomson man on a burglary charge, investigators recovered a large amount of stolen items including DVDs, video games, and fishing rods.
“The city and county investigations worked together to recover a lot of property, with the help of the public,” said Thomson Police Sgt. Chris Mullis.
Thomson Police, Monday, arrested John Russell Jones, of a Stone Chapel Extension address in Thomson. He was arrested on charges of burglary — second degree (felony) and possession of tools for commission of a crime. Prior to his arrest, the Thomson Police Department was using social media, via Twitter, late last week to ask the public’s assistance in locating Jones.
At press time Tuesday, Jones was being held in the McDuffie County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
According to Mullis, Jones was identified as a suspect after being observed on video surveillance at Peanuts Coin laundry one morning late last week.
“He tried to break into a dryer,” said Mullis. The sergeant explained that Jones first opened a lint trap, then tried to gain access to the machine’s coins before forcing an office door open. At that point, Jones apparently tripped an alarm, according to Mullis.
Investigators have also connected him to burglaries of three storage units on Bussey Avenue, which Mullis said occurred sometime between Wednesday and Sunday of last week.
The McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office also is investigating Jones in connection with burglaries of multiple storage units at Arrington’s on Warrenton Highway just outside of Thomson.
Sheriff’s Investigator. Jared Land was working with Mullis and others Tuesday afternoon as they took inventory of the recovered goods.