YORK — A concerned resident’s call about a suspicious person led police to a man they say stole collector coins, loose change and a wallet, and later confessed to committing a second burglary.
Police were dispatched Friday to the area of Liberty and Moss streets after a neighbor reported spotting a suspicious person carrying a baseball bat and a backpack, York Police Chief Andy Robinson said.
Officers found a man matching the description on East Liberty and Oak streets. Police asked to search his backpack after finding a screwdriver in his pants pocket.
Inside the backpack, authorities found several collector coins, loose change and a wallet that didn’t belong to the man, Robinson said. He told police the items belonged to a friend, so officers said they would contact the wallet’s owner to confirm his story.
Officers went to an address found in the wallet and discovered that the house had been burglarized, Robinson said.
When detectives interviewed the man, Robinson said, confessed to a second burglary on the same day in the 300 block of East Liberty Street.
Jeremy Ezell Mullinax, 26, of McConnells, is charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of possessing implements that can be used in a crime, two counts of malicious injury to personal property and two counts of petty larceny
He was being held without bond Monday at the York County Detention Center.
“This is a terrific example of how partnerships between the community and police help keep crime down,” Robinson said of the tip phoned in by the neighbor.
Jonathan McFadden • 803-329-4082