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Man arrested for burglarizing same business twice, police say

Jessica Fuller • Updated Nov 8, 2017 at 6:33 PM

A Johnson City man’s second trip to burglarize a local drug store landed him in jail on counts for both incidents, police said in a news release. 

According to the release, Jason Byrd, 32, 712 N. Barton St., was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of burglary and theft after an investigation into two burglaries at Princeton Drug Store, 105 Broyles Drive. The first burglary  happened Jan. 3 when officers responding to the store’s burglar alarm arrived to find the glass front door had been broken out and someone had entered the business. Surveillance cameras showed a white man entering the store and taking money. 

The second burglary happened Thursday in a similar fashion, except this time the burglar stole an undisclosed amount of narcotics. 

With help from surveillance cameras, officers identified a suspect’s vehicle that led officers to identify Byrd as a suspect. Investigators searched an apartment at which Byrd had been staying and reportedly found clothes and a tool bag that matched the one the burglar used to break into the business. Officers arrested Byrd and took him to the Washington County Detention Center, where he was being held on two separate arrest warrants with a total bond of $31,000.

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