A ‘game cam’ outside a Juneau couple’s home recently caught something more than the bear or deer it was designed for — it filmed the intruder who burglarized their home.
Police said the camera footage helped them arrest 32-year-old Jeffrey T. Tinney, who is now facing burglary and theft charges.
The Amalga Street home was burglarized Aug. 6 when the couple wasn’t home, according to court documents. The intruder stole a .357-caliber Ruger Hawkeye rifle valued at $800, a five-gallon bucket of change containing about $1,750, and a red Nikon digital camera, charging documents say.
The victims handed over the footage from the game cam, which recorded an unidentified man walking on their property at 8:55 a.m. that morning.
Police then distributed images of the unidentified man within the department and also to Lemon Creek Correctional Center. A LCCC corrections officer recognized the man as Tinney, said Juneau Police Department spokesman Lt. David Campbell.
“That’s the initial way we put two and two together,” Campbell said in a phone interview Tuesday.
Police didn’t have to do much work to find Tinney — he led them straight to him. A Wells Fargo employee at the valley location called police at about 6 p.m. Aug. 8 to report a disturbance outside the bank and reported the suspect was driving away. Two officers happened to be in the area and located the suspect vehicle pulling in the parking lot behind Mike’s Airport Express.
“The officers basically contacted the vehicle, and the driver was identified as Jeffrey Tinney,” Campbell said. “So that’s how we got him.”
Police found two pill bottles on the ground near Tinney’s feet at the scene, which the crime lab in Anchorage confirmed contained 0.81 grams of methamphetamine and one pill of Lorazepam, a scheduled drug that requires a prescription. The officers booked Tinney at the station for driving on a revoked license and took him to the station for further questioning.
Police said Tinney freely admitted entering the Amalga home by using a credit card to open the locked front door. Police said he admitted stealing the bucket of change and using the Coinstar machines at Safeway and Fred Meyer to cash it in for $1,100. As for the rifle, Tinney took it to a friend’s house and later helped JPD recover it.
A grand jury indicted Tinney on Aug. 15 for first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree theft for stealing from the couple. Respectively, that’s a class ‘B’ felony that can carry up to 10 years in prison and a class ‘C’ felony that can carry up to five years. He was also indicted for fourth-degree drug misconduct for possessing methamphetamine, another ‘C’ felony.
Court records show Tinney is slated to be arraigned Thursday in Juneau District Court. He is being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $20,000 bond.
Prosecutors said earlier in court that Tinney has six prior felonies, including convictions for drugs, being in possession of stolen property, assault, burglary and theft.
His court-appointed attorney, Timothy Ayer, did not return phone calls seeking comment Tuesday.
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