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Vehicle used in Tyler burglary now tied to 35 other unsolved burglary cases

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Jeremy Aaron Junkins (Source: Smith County Jail) Jeremy Aaron Junkins (Source: Smith County Jail)
Jonathan Daniel Burkett (Source: Smith County Jail) Jonathan Daniel Burkett (Source: Smith County Jail)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Two men arrested last week for their involvement in a Tyler auto burglary have now been linked to multiple auto burglaries across East Texas.

Tyler Police Department says the black Chevy Tahoe seized from 23-year-old Jonathan Burkett of Tyler and 20-year-old Jeremy Junkins of Whitehouse after a January 14 robbery has been connected to 35 open burglary cases.

Investigators located stolen items worth several thousand dollars in the vehicle that led Tyler police to determine just how many auto burglaries Burkett and Junkins are responsible for. Through evidence located in their vehicle, police have been able to clear 18 auto burglary cases in Tyler, 14 auto burglary cases in Smith County and three auto burglary cases in Kilgore.

On January 14, officers responded to a residence at 9402 Tipperary Drive around 3:10 a.m. to report that an auto burglary had occurred. Upon arrival, police learned from a resident at the home that the victim had a car parked in the driveway that was burglarized.

A garage door opener was taken from the parked car and used to open the garage, where another vehicle was located. Police say Burkett and Junkins burglarized that vehicle before fleeing the residence.

Officers stopped a black Chevrolet Tahoe leaving the area where the burglary occurred. Burkett and Junkins were found inside the Tahoe, along with property taken from the victim's vehicle. Property stolen from other victims was located in the SUV as well.

Burkett and Junkins were each arrested on one charge of burglary of a habitation and two charges of auto burglary.

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