Alert citizen leads officers to arrest of burglary suspect

Alert citizen leads officers to arrest of burglary suspect

Credit: York County Jail

Jeremy Mullinax

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

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WCNC.com

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 21 at 12:10 PM

YORK, S.C. -- A phone call from an alert citizen led to the arrest of a man who confessed to two recent burglaries in York, police say.

A caller phoned the York Police Department on Friday to report a suspicious person in the area of Liberty and Moss Streets.

Officers responded and located the subject matching the description, and say the man was carrying a baseball bat and a backpack near E. Liberty Street and Oak Street.

Officers spoke with the man, identified as Jeremy Ezell Mullinax, and report noticing discrepancies in his stories, along with noticing a screwdriver in his front pant pocket.

That led officers to ask permission to search Mullinax's backpack, to which he consented.

Police say they found several collector coins and loose change and a wallet that didn't belong to Mullinax, which Mullinax claimed belonged to a friend. Officers told Mullinax they were going to make contact with the wallet's owner, prompting Mullinax to tell officers to "just take him to jail".

Mullinax was placed in custody while police checked out the address on the ID inside the stolen wallet. Police say the home had been burglarized, and Mullinax was then transported to the York Police Department to be interviewed further by a detective.

The Police Department says Mullinax confessed to a second burglary in the 300 block of E. Liberty Street.

All stolen items were recovered.

Mullinax is charged in connection with the two burglaries.

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