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Altenburg man charged with car theft, burglary

Jan 17, 2013 -- 12:42pm


Southeast Missourian

An Altenburg man is facing four felonies in an August burglary after police say he broke into the house of a vacationing family and stole their television, cash and high-dollar electronics. Among the charges: he drove away in their 1991 Oldsmobile Cutless Ciera with Bob Marley bumper stickers. 38-year old Timothy Cummings Jr. was charged Wednesday with second-degree burglary, automobile theft, stealing and first-degree property damage after the garage door was found damaged at the home on South Highway 61 in Perry County. Cummings is facing a possible 25-year prison sentence if convicted. Police learned of the burglary Aug. 2 relatives of the victims called the department to report damage and missing items. One noticed a white vehicle parked nearby the night before the burglary. Deputies concluded items were missing as they searched the home. Cash, several household items, a Wii game console, remotes and accessories also were missing. Deputies found a bicycle hidden in weeds. Some of the stolen items were recovered from Cummings. An investigation by deputies showed that Cummings had been selling the items. Nothing in the police report or the probable-cause statement explains why more than four months elapsed from the time of the theft until charges were filed.

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