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A burglar was surprised when a woman asked why he was inside of her home, police chief says

Antonio Bernard Jenkins
Antonio Bernard Jenkins

A burglar who police say surprised a woman in her home may have been just as surprised as she was.

Police soon arrested Antonio Bernard Jenkins a few blocks from the home on Reed Avenue, and he had the woman’s purse, jewelry and other items he’d taken from her house and vehicle, Long Beach Police Chief Billy Seal said.

Jenkins is on parole for the burglary of an unoccupied home from an arrest in 2014, the Harrison County jail docket shows. Jenkins also has a burglary conviction from a 2005 arrest.

He is being held for the Mississippi Parole Board.

A woman and another female were home Tuesday morning when Jenkins used the back door to get inside, Seal said.

“I don’t think he knew they were home,” he said.

“The woman walked out of her bedroom, saw him, and asked him what he was doing. He took off running. He fled on foot.”

The woman called police about 7:20 a.m.

Police arrested Jenkins on one count each of residential burglary and auto burglary, and a misdemeanor charge of providing false information.

Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner set his bonds on the felonies at a total of $100,000. Jenkins isn’t eligible to post bail because of the parole issue.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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