Jacksonville police: Burglary suspect preyed on households while families were at funerals
Jacksonville police: Burglary suspect preyed on households while families were at funerals
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Scott Butler
The Florida Times-Union

A man charged with burglarizing 24 Jacksonville homes while families were attending funerals can no longer prey on people who have already suffered a great loss, the Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Jack Albert Lins, 40, was charged last week with 24 counts of burglary, four armed burglaries and two each of dealing in stolen property, Director of Investigations Mike Bruno said.

He said it began with an Aug. 24 call to a home broken into while the resident was away for his mother’s funeral. Police soon determined the modus operandi was the same for several other reports.

Bruno said the suspect studied obituaries to find families to target, particular members close to the deceased. He would park nearby disguised as a pizza deliveryman, repair worker or some other type of service man.

He said Lins miscalculated in one attempted burglary when the homeowner was still there and was able to provide a description of the small, blue car to police.

Then their next break came when investigators learned that Lins had pawned a weed eater from one of the burglaries, Bruno said.

“We were able from that information to determine that Lins did own a blue Chevy Cobalt car, and several witnesses had seen that vehicle nearby during some of the burglaries,” the director said.

He said Lins also spent five years in prison in Arizona for 17 similar heists.

Bruno said if anyone else thinks they may have been victimized by the suspect should call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at (904) 630-0500.

This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Jacksonville police: Burglary suspect preyed on households while families were at funerals

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