BPS: Alert Neighbor Catches Burglar

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On Sunday, April 28th just before 6pm, Bainbridge Public Safety Officers Rob Green and George McMillan responded to a home on West Street in reference to a possible burglary in progress. Upon arrival, officers spoke with a neighbor who stated that a gray van was backed into the driveway of the house next door, very close to a shed, and he was aware that the home had been burglarized just days before. He said that he knew his neighbor wasn’t at home so he called 911 to report the suspicious vehicle, but it had driven out of the driveway just moments before the officers arrived.
Officer McMillan was given a description of the van. He left in his patrol car to begin a search of the area, and located it not too far away as it was headed east on Green Street. McMillan initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Reginald Leon Jenkins (51). A search of the van revealed a large quantity of power tools and yard equipment. The homeowner was contacted and verified that the items were his property and had been stored in the shed behind his home.
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Jenkins was arrested and charged with Felony Burglary. The case was turned over to Investigator Chip Nix for further investigation. Nix stated, “I’m very appreciative to the neighbor for noticing that something out-of-the-ordinary taking place at the home next door. If he hadn’t taken the time to make the call to 911, Jenkins would have gotten away with a lot of expensive tools and equipment that didn’t belong to him.”

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