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Suspect denied bond in probation office break-in

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Bond was denied Friday for a McDonough man, who is suspected of stealing items from a government facility while performing community service.

Jimario Lenard Tucker, 29, of McDonough, is charged with burglary and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

The incident which led to Tucker's arrest was reported to authorities in McDonough Thursday. According to a McDonough Police report by Officer Brandon Walden, the burglary occurred earlier that day, inside a storage building at the city's probation office, at 369 Macon Street.

"[A witness] advised that somebody had taken some items out of the storage building," wrote Walden. "He believed Jimario Tucker, a community-service worker, was the person who took the items."

Police said workers at the facility were cleaning a vehicle earlier on the day of the incident, when Tucker asked to use the restroom. According to the report, the suspect was given a key to the building, and the other workers went to lunch.

"Jimario was to leave the keys with the workers in the probation office," the report states. "[The witness] advised that when he came back from lunch, he made contact with the probation staff to get his keys."

The report says that, when the witness retrieved his keys, his key to the office was missing. When the witness finally got inside the office, he discovered a Dell computer was missing, along with a set of hedge clippers.

"[The witness] advised that Jimario was the last person that had the key to the office," the report states.

Police then met Tucker at his home at the Walden Run Apartments complex, and reportedly found the computer and accessories, as well as the hedge clippers.

Authorities could not be reached for comment regarding the marijuana charge.

The suspect was arrested and taken to the Henry County Jail. Tucker appeared Friday in Magistrate Court, and waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the charges against him.

Judge Martin Jones bound Tucker's charges over to Superior Court.