A Jackson man was arraigned Tuesday morning on additional charges in connection with the Country Club auto burglaries that occurred between July 19 and July 20.
Tremaine Quantel Jones, 31, was charged last week with one count of burglary of an auto and one count of theft of property over $500. He was released on a $50,000 bond and arraigned on the original charges Monday.
But, according to city court and Jackson Police Lt. Randy Hampton, Jones was arrested after the arraignment on additional charges. He was arraigned Tuesday morning, once again via video feed, on charges of burglary of motor vehicle, theft of property over $500 and vandalism. His bond was set at $100,000 and his next appearance in court is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 3.
According to a news release from the Jackson Police Department, at the time of his arrest, Jones was on parole for similar crimes. In addition, Jones faces additional burglary, auto burglary and theft charges as police continue to investigate. Jackson police are also asking Jones’ parole officer to immediately begin the process of revoking his parole.
Jackson police are also consulting with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms about the possibility of federal charges relating to Jones’ possession of ammunition that was taken in one of the burglaries.
The release said June 20, seven auto burglaries and other crimes were reported in the area of Country Club Lane. In each of the cases, victims had windows broken in their vehicles or entry was made to their unlocked cars. Computers, cash, tools, a handgun and other items were stolen.
Officers developed Jones as a suspect in the case and found him with some of the stolen items in his possession, linking him to more than one of the auto burglaries. The Criminal Investigation Division is currently examining the evidence and will return it to the victims in the near future when it is no longer needed as evidence, the release said.
In the affidavit listing the new charges, Jones is charged with burglarizing a State of Tennessee 2012 white Chevrolet Impala. The vehicle was parked at a home on Ashwood Cove and was broken into between 7 p.m. June 19 and 7 a.m. June 20.
The affidavit said the vehicle was entered by breaking the left rear window. Items taken from the vehicle included a gym bag (which contained Nike running shoes and Nike gym shorts), a Motorola portable radio and a Glock 22 magazine with 15 rounds of ammunition.
Later on June 20, two Jackson police investigators made contact with Jones on Chinaberry Cove. The investigators found the items in a vehicle Jones had been driving in. After being interviewed and advised of his rights, Jones said he was responsible for the burglary and theft of the vehicle.
In the original news release about the auto burglaries along Country Club Lane, the theft of expensive jewelry was mentioned.
The release said thieves stole jewelry valued over $80,000 from a vehicle parked at the Comfort Inn, located at 40 International Cove, overnight. The thieves took 24 cases of Native American jewelry of all types, mostly silver and turquoise.
Hampton said Monday afternoon that police do not believe the jewelry theft is related to the burglaries Jones is charged in.
Jackson police said they would like to remind citizens to lock their vehicles and to not leave valuables in them. It is a common practice for thieves to find unlocked vehicles and steal things from them or to break the window to take guns, wallets and other expensive items.
While the investigation is ongoing, Jackson police encourage anyone with information about this and any other crime to contact the General Investigations Unit at the Jackson Police Department at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 424-TIPS (8477) or online at www.424tips.org.