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Burglary suspect

remains in jail

By MICHELLE J. WILSON

Staff Writer

Published Sept. 10, 1999

A 16-year-old Troy resident arrested in connection with an alleged burglary Saturday morning at a local jewelry store is being charged as an adult, according to the Troy Police Department.

Antron Marquez Jackson, of 601-B S. Brundidge St., Troy, is charged with one count of third-degree burglary, according to Pike County District Court records. He was being held at the Pike County Jail on a $5,000 bond at press time.

Jackson had an interview with District Court Judge William Hightower Tuesday, court records state.

At about 4:53 a.m. Saturday, officers with the Troy Police Department responded to an alarm at Diamond Mystique on South Brundidge Street.

Upon arriving at the jeweler, they found that the front door appeared to have been kicked in, said Troy Police Chief Anthony Everage. The officers also noticed that a jewelry display case had been broken.

Upon further investigation, officers located two subjects near the business and apprehended them, Everage said.

The two suspects were taken to the Troy Police Department where Jackson was arrested, he said. Subsequent investigation revealed that the second subject was not involved in the burglary, so he was not charged.

"We are not aware that any property was taken, but are still investigating the incident," Everage said.

The two subjects did not have any jewelry in their possession at the time they were taken in for questioning by police.

Jackson is charged with the crime of burglary and not robbery as "The Messenger" previously reported.

Both of these crimes – burglary and robbery – involve theft or attempted theft of property, said Sgt. Benny Scarbrough, TPD public information officer. However, the term "robbery" implies force is used against a victim in the effort to obtain that property. Force can be the use of a weapon or brute strength, or the threat to use either.

Diamond Mystique employees were not at the business at the time of the incident; therefore, the suspect was charged with burglary, he said.

Everage said the arrest reflects good work and quick response time on the part of his third shift officers.

"They did an outstanding job," he said.