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UD Burglary Suspect Captured

Police say former resident of St. Mary's Villa returned to burglarize a home on campus

A former resident of St. Mary's Villa returned to the school Monday to burglarize a home on its campus, Upper Dublin Police said Tuesday.

Police said the resident of a home on the St. Mary's campus returned home to find Tyrek Jackson, 21, inside. Jackson fled after he encountered the resident, who reportedly recognized him.

Jackson was later arrested by Lower Gwynedd Township for what Lower Gwynedd Chief of Police John Scholly described as an "attempted burglary" on Red Barn Road in that municipality. The location is about three miles from St. Mary's Villa.

Scholly said he and Lieutentant Paul Kenny were responding to the Red Barn Road incident early Monday afternoon when Kenny saw Jackson, who Scholly said "fit the description" of the suspect in the Upper Dublin incident.

Lower Gwynedd Police stopped Jackson near the Spring House Tavern. The resident from the burglarized home at St. Mary's Villa was brought to the scene and positively identified Jackson as the man who'd been in her house.

Scholly said Jackson had an extensive arrest record. "He told us he's very familiar with the Montgomery County [Correctional Facility]," Scholly said. "He and some of his friends take the train up from Philadelphia, burglarize [homes], then take the train back to Philadelphia."

Jackson was turned over to Upper Dublin Police. He was charged with the Upper Dublin burglary and related offenses. He is being held at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $50,000 bail.

Concerned Resident May 11, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I understand he was a former student but he didn't develope this behaviors after leaving St. Mary's. These are the kids being directly put into our middle school and highschool from Philadelphia through St. Mary's with no evaluation. Residents of Upper Dublin we need your support for the protection of our kids please contact our state representative and voice your concern and possible solutions to help protect our township and students.

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