Charges bound over in police burglary case

By Jason A. Smith


The list of charges is growing for a Jonesboro man suspected in a break-in at the McDonough Police Department.

Jamie Lee Clark, 33, is charged with five counts of burglary, two counts of criminal interference with government property, tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held without bond in the Henry County Jail.

Clark was initially charged with two burglary counts for the June 2 break-in at the McDonough Police Department, located at 88 Keys Ferry Street. He is believed to have taken guns and narcotics from an evidence room.

Clark worked as a trustee at the police department for more than a year, while he was an inmate at the jail.

He appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Wednesday to face the charges against him. McDonough Police Chief Preston Dorsey, who was present for the proceedings, said he is "disappointed" in Clark's alleged actions in the burglary.

"He was a person that we thought we could help rehabilitate," said Dorsey. "Unfortunately, that didn't work."

Dorsey said last month that Clark gave a "full confession" to detectives investigating the case. Clark, he added, also acknowledged having broken into a storage container on property owned by the city.

Dorsey did not specify the reason for the three additional burglary charges against Clark, and did not comment further on the case.

Magistrate Judge Martin Jones bound over the charges against Clark, to Superior Court.

The suspect is being represented by the Public Defender's Office. Gary Bowman, the head of the agency, was not available for comment.