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Altenburg man charged with car theft, burglary
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- An Altenburg, Mo., 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.
Timothy D. Cummings Jr., 38, 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, according to a probable-cause statement filed by Jason Klaus of the Perry County Sheriff's Department. Relatives of the victims called the department to report damage and missing items, Klaus said. One of the relatives had noticed a white vehicle parked nearby the night before the burglary, Klaus said. Deputies concluded items were missing as they searched the home. Cash was missing as well, along with several household items, a Wii game console, remotes and accessories.
After the family returned, deputies searching the yard found a blue bicycle hidden in weeds. Some of the stolen items were recovered from Cummings, the statement said. 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.
Highway 61, Perryville, Mo.