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Paris police foil home burglary

Officers with the Paris Police Department responded to a call about suspicious activity at a West Walnut Street residence in Paris and were able to foil what appeared to be a residential burglary in progress last week.

Officers arrested Jason Dewayne Jones, 33, of Lamar and Tanya Rose Phillips, 31 of Scranton around 1:42 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 19. They have been charged with felony residential burglary, theft of property, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of firearms by certain persons, and misdemeanor possession of instruments or a crime, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended licence.

When officers arrived at the West Walnut Street residence to investigate the report of suspicious activity, they found Phillips sitting inside a green Cadillac car parked behind the residence. Jones was found inside the residence, according to incident reports. The sliding glass door at the rear of the house had been reported broken the day before, according to incident reports.

A loaded .38 caliber pistol was found on the seat of the Cadillac. A set of bolt cutters was found in the car’s engine compartment. A tool used for opening car doors was found in the rear floor board of the car. Also found inside the car was a set of binoculars, a “blue aluminum marijuana grinder with suspected marijuana”, several .22 caliber rifle rounds and other items. An air compressor was also found in the vehicle and seized by police.

Inside the Jones suspect’s pockets, officers found a number of items later identified as belonging to the home owner. They included two gray digital cameras and a black cell phone. Items later identified as belonging to the property owner and found near doors to the residence included a 19-inch TV with remote and a flat screen TV with remote.

The suspects arrested are scheduled to appear in 15th Judicial District Circuit Court in Paris on Dec. 13.

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