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Clarksville man charged in string of commercial burglaries

A Clarksville man has been charged by Howard County police in connection with the burglary of a church, a school and businesses in his community over the last few weeks.

Jason Wingo, 34, of 5657 Trotter Road in Clarksville, faces numerous counts of burglary, destruction of property and theft in a series of incidents beginning on Aug. 7, according to police. 

Wingo, who was arrested on Thursday, Sept. 12, is being held at the Howard County Detention Center on no bond, police said. 

Police said they began investigating a burglary at the River Hill Garden Center on Aug. 20 after someone broke a lock on a back door, made entry, pried a safe and stole cash and tools. The business owner advised investigators there was also an unreported burglary on Aug. 7 in which a 46-inch Samsung television had been stolen.

Though investigation, police were lead to Wingo as a suspect and learned that he had pawned the stolen Samsung television on Aug. 9, police said. 

Police also charged Wingo in the following September incidents:

  • On Sept. 3, the Red mango restaurant in the 6000 block of Daybreak Circle in Clarksville was burglarized. Entry was gained by smashing the glass front door. Cash was stolen from the register. 
  • On Sept. 6, copper piping was stolen from Clarksville Elementary School in the 12000 block of Clarksville Pike in Clarksville. Detectives learned Wingo had sold assorted copper and brass a few days after the burglary.
  • On Sept. 11, a Sony television was stolen Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church in the 12100 block of Linden-Linthicum Lane in Clarksville. That same TV was found in the back of Wingo’s vehicle shortly before his arrest.
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