JPD arrests teen suspected of stealing TVs from SRO

JPD arrests teen suspected of stealing TVs from SRO
Jerome Williams (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A judge found probable cause Monday to charge a Jonesboro teen with commercial burglary after police say he was caught on camera stealing TVs from Annie Camp Junior High School.

On June 18, 2017, 19-year-old Jerome Williams and another person entered the school through an unlocked door and began walking around, according to court documents.

The two suspects entered several rooms, including the school resource office, and wandered around for about an hour before leaving.

Surveillance video showed Williams and two other suspects return later that night to the school and enter through the unlocked door, the affidavit said.

The three ran to the SRO office which contained several televisions and began removing them.

"The three subjects were able to take 11 televisions totaling approximately $5,010," the court documents said.

Police shared the surveillance video on Crimestoppers and asked for the public's help in identifying the three suspects.

On Friday, March 9, 2018, police brought Williams in for questioning.

During an interview with a detective, the affidavit alleged Williams "confessed to entering the school building, taking the televisions, and selling them online."

Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause on Monday to charge Williams with commercial burglary and theft greater than $5,000 but less than $25,000 from a building. Both are Class C felonies punishable by a fine not to exceed $10,000 and 3-10 years in prison.

Fowler set his bond at $2,500 cash/surety and ordered him to appear in circuit court on April 27, 2018.

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