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Suspect in nearly 200 burglaries denied bond

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An Augusta man charged in one burglary – but who is a suspect in as many as 180 others – was denied bond Friday.

Jason C. Stripling  SPECIAL
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Jason C. Stripling


Jason C. Stripling, 37, was arrested in Pennsylvania and brought back to Augusta on June 12 in connection with the Jan. 8 break-in of a Kitts Drive home, said Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms.

The homeowner returned to find a back window pried open, the house ransacked and a screwdriver next to a safe, which had been pried open. DNA found on the screwdriver linked Stripling to the break-in, Syms said.

Richmond County sheriff’s investigators are still working on Stripling’s possible involvement in 180 burglaries in the West Wheeler Parkway and Bertram Road areas, Syms said. Other suspects found with property taken in some of those break-ins told investigators the items were purchased from Stripling, Syms said.

Defense attorney Kirk Gilliard countered that the other suspects blamed Stripling in an attempt to escape prosecution. Stripling has lived in Augusta for 20 years is married and has children and a steady job, Gilliard said in asking for bond.

The prosecutor requested that Stripling be held without bond. Even if he is only prosecuted for the one break-in, his history alone justified the pretrial confinement, Syms said.

Stripling’s previous convictions include burglary and theft in 1997, six counts of burglary in 2002, two burglaries and a theft in 1994 in Pennsylvania, and burglary and theft in 1995 in Pennsylvania.

According to court and Department of Corrections records, Stripling pleaded guilty to burglary charges in October 2003, when he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was released in April 2008.

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dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/21/13 - 04:53 pm
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Seems like if they had kept

Seems like if they had kept him for the full 10 years we wouldn't be having this discussion quite yet would we. The criminal justice system is a joke. And with his previous record, he should have gotten 50 years back in 2003. NOW he should get 75 to life.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/21/13 - 05:36 pm
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If found guilty,
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put the punk on a chain gang WORKING 16 hour days.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/21/13 - 05:53 pm
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Suspect in 200 burglaries?

Well, of course he should be denied bail. Rather than turned loose to try to find his bail money in my house!

Patty-P
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Patty-P 06/21/13 - 06:12 pm
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I don't see why he can't get

I don't see why he can't get another chance. Isn't Augusta the city of second (third, fourth, and twenty) chances?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 06/21/13 - 06:23 pm
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He does have a habit of

He does have a habit of burglary and a record.
Any one else think the Defense lawyer is rowing
up stream on this one?

Maybe we should have him Teach Professional Burglary and GRU Tech? 1 on 200 before being caught.
After all his burglary to arrest ratio has greatly improved.
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Jason C. Stripling
AC 12-18-02

A man suspected of posing as a utility worker to break into several Augusta apartments was indicted Tuesday.

A Richmond County grand jury issued the indictment that charges Jason C. Stripling, 26, with 10 counts of burglary and with possession of cocaine, Darvocet and marijuana. A second man - 24-year-old Bryan G. O'Byrne - also was named in the indictment, but he was accused of only one count of burglary.

According to the indictment, Mr. Stripling is accused of breaking into 10 homes on Iron Horse Drive, Alexander Place and Spicewood Drive from February through October. Police reported recovering some of the televisions, computers and stereo equipment that were stolen in the burglaries.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/22/13 - 06:35 am
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I would love to hear how his

I would love to hear how his defense attorney is going to explain away the DNA found on the screwdriver.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/22/13 - 09:17 am
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Corgimom, just like with OJ.

Corgimom, just like with OJ. Bring the DNA posters into court with all the little dashes and overwhelm the jury with boring data.

scooter2762
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scooter2762 06/22/13 - 09:22 am
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Someone has been very busy...

Someone has been very busy...

corgimom
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corgimom 06/22/13 - 07:15 pm
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No, he doesn't sag his pants,

No, he doesn't sag his pants, that's how he's gotten away with it. Nobody suspected him, he blended in.

I said it was a crackhead that lived in the neighborhood, I wasn't too far off.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/23/13 - 09:13 am
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Jerk

Yeh he blended in & put on a happy face....we have to watch for everything in todays world...makes me sick!

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 06/23/13 - 03:01 pm
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If you look up the term "career criminal"
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in the dictionary, it has this guy's mugshot next to it. He's a serial, habitual burglar and has been for almost 20 years. He served 5 years in the pokey and then went straight back to his old ways. He needs a prolonged period of incarceration.

Darby
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Darby 06/23/13 - 05:38 pm
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" a screwdriver next to a safe, which

had been pried open."

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Note to self: Find out where the home owner bought that safe and shop elsewhere.

Darby
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Darby 06/23/13 - 05:41 pm
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"I would love to hear how his defense

attorney is going to explain away the DNA found on the screwdriver."

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A burglar broke into my home. All he took were some Hershey Bars, a copy of the Augusta Chronicle and that screwdriver.

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