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Man charged with burglary in theft of video system

August 22, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man was charged in connection with the theft of a video game system and other items Friday night from a home in the 100 block of Maple Avenue, according to a Martinsburg Police Department press release.

John Andrew Jollon, 45, of Polo Green Drive, was charged with burglary, police said.

In addition, Jorge Alberto Silva, 42, of Rubens Circle in Martinsburg, was charged with possession or transfer of stolen property and obstructing an officer after police determined he bought the video game system and a stolen mp3 player from Jollon, police said.

On Friday about 6 p.m., Cpl. C.M. Phelps spoke with the victim of the burglary, who said someone entered her home while she and her two grandsons were inside. The woman said she confronted the burglar, who said he was selling a video game system, then left through the back door, police said. After he left, one of the woman's grandsons discovered his Nintendo GameCube system was missing, police said.

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The woman called 911 and got in her vehicle to look for the burglar, police said. She spotted him entering another home, police said.

Phelps went to that home, where he found Jollon and took him into investigative custody, police said. The woman identified him as the man she had seen in her home, police said.

Jollon later confessed to taking the game system and told police they would find the stolen items at Lupita's Grocery Store at 149 N. Queen St., police said.

Silva, the store's owner, initially told police Jollon tried to sell him the game system and mp3 player, but he refused to buy them, police said. He later admitted he bought them for $90, police said.

Jollon was being held Saturday night at Eastern Regional Jail.

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