Police charged a Clarksville man in a string of commercial burglaries, including stealing a TV from a church and copper from an elementary school.
Jason Wingo, 34, of the 5600 block of Trotter Rd., faces numerous counts of burglary and destruction of property and theft for his role in the burglaries, according to police.
Police said Wingo first came to their attention during the investigation of a burglary at the River Hill Garden Center on Aug. 20 when someone broke in through the back door, pried open a safe and stole tools and cash. At that time, the owner said there was an unreported burglary at the business on Aug. 7 in which a 46-inch Samsung TV was stolen, police said.
Police said they later learned Wingo had pawned the same TV on Aug. 9.
Police said they then linked Wingo to three other cases:
- A Sept. 3 burglary of the Red Mango restaurant in the 6000 block of Daybreak Circle, in which a front glass door was smashed and cash was stolen from the register.
- A Sept. 6 burglary in which copper piping was stolen from Clarksville Elementary School. Police said detectives learned Wingo sold assorted copper and brass a few days after the burglary.
- A Sept. 11 burglary at Linde-Linthicum United Methodist Church in which a Sony TV was stolen. Police said they found that same TV in the back of Wingo’s vehicle shortly before his arrest.
Wingo is currently being held at the Howard County Detention Center on no bond, according to police.