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Hampton man charged in McDonough burglary

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Henry County Police have charged a Hampton man for, allegedly, breaking into a McDonough home and stealing jewelry and video-game equipment.

James Walter Perciful, Jr., 29, is charged with burglary. He was being held in the Henry County Jail on $20,000 bond.

Perciful appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Thursday, and was represented by the Public Defender's Office. Judge David Brown bound the burglary charge over to Superior Court.

The alleged burglary occurred April 28 at a home on Price Quarters Road, according to a Henry County Police report completed by Officer Dwight Johnson. The report states that the victim left his home at 12:30 p.m., to go to a doctor's appointment, and received a call from a neighbor around 4 p.m.

"[The neighbor told] him that a white male was standing on his porch, looking in the window," according to the report.

The alleged burglar, the report says, told the neighbor he was waiting for the homeowner to return to the house, and that he "forgot" the victim was not at home.

The victim arrived home at 6 p.m., the officer wrote, and discovered that his home had been burglarized. Items taken from the house, according to the report, include a white-gold necklace with diamonds, a ring, a Sony Playstation 3 game system, a video game and a remote control.

The total value of the items, according to authorities, is approximately $350.

"[The victim] also stated that upon his arrival home, all the doors were still locked, and the windows were still down," Johnson wrote in the police report.

A warrant from Henry County Magistrate Court states that Perciful entered the house through the front door, and locked it when he left the scene after the alleged burglary.

Information was not available Thursday, regarding how police were able to link Perciful to the case, or whether the stolen items were recovered.

Perciful was arrested by Henry Police Wednesday. A future hearing date in the case has not been set.