By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A Silver Lake man was sentenced in two criminal cases involving a burglary and theft.
In the first case, Quincy Akeem Jenkins, 28, 2179 W. Hughes Drive, Silver Lake, was charged with theft, a level 6 felony. He was also charged with burglary, a level 5 felony; and two counts of theft, both level 6 felonies, in a second case. Four additional criminal charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Jenkins was sentenced in Kosciusko Superior Court Three on Tuesday, June 29.
On Jan. 24, 2020, a Warsaw Police officer went to a location regarding a report of a stolen vehicle. A woman told the officer she had started her car to warm it up before taking her children to school. After starting the vehicle, the woman returned to her home.
According to court documents, about 20 minutes later, the woman returned to the parking area and saw her car was missing.
A few hours later, the officer was notified by dispatch that the car had been returned. Further information from dispatch said there was a man near the vehicle who was asking questions about the car. The man, later identified as Jenkins, left the area in a different vehicle.
On Jan. 28, 2020, officers obtained surveillance video from a local business. Video recorded on Jan. 24, 2020, shows Jenkins at the store. The video shows the stolen vehicle at a gas pump. The driver of the stolen vehicle, Jenkins, is also shown walking to the store’s alcohol area, placing a beer into his pocket and leaving the store without paying.
On Oct. 1, 2020, a Kosciusko County Sheriff’s deputy received a report of a man breaking into a residence in the Claypool area. Upon arrival, two men told the officer about a man who had broken a residence’s window and entered a home. According to court documents, the two men provided video evidence to law enforcement which shows the man, later identified as Jenkins, in varying stages of undress attempting to get into vehicles near a residence.
Police then spoke with the homeowner, who said he didn’t know Jenkins and that nobody had permission to be on the property. The Kosciusko County SWAT Team was deployed to take Jenkins into custody.
According to witnesses, by the time Jenkins had broken into the residence, he was nude, having taken off all his clothing. When the SWAT Team found Jenkins inside the residence, he was wearing what appeared to be women’s pants that he had taken from the home. The residence also appeared to be ransacked, with many items in disarray or damaged.
The homeowner also noted that several bottles of alcohol had been consumed while Jenkins was in the residence. Damages to the residence were estimated to cost $2,500.
During court proceedings, Defense Attorney Jack Birch said that even though Jenkins has a criminal record, Jenkins has made significant progress during his incarceration.
“We just need to get him the tools to help him be successful,” said Birch.
Jenkins said he’s learned a lot through his sobriety.
“I want more from my life and the opportunity to be back in society,” said Jenkins. “My mistakes are not what I want to be known for.”
Kosciusko Superior Court Three Judge Chad Miner noted Jenkins’ criminal history and probation violations as aggravators; mitigators include Jenkins completing the county’s Jail Chemical Addiction Program (JCAP) and accepting responsibility for his actions.
For burglary, Judge Miner sentenced Jenkins to four years in the Kosciusko County Jail, with one and a half years suspended on probation. With each count of theft, Judge Miner sentenced Jenkins to two years in KCJ, with one year suspended on probation for each charge. Two of the theft charges will be served concurrently, or at the same time, as the burglary charge. In total, Jenkins will serve three and one-half years in KCJ and two and a half years on probation. There is no objection to Jenkins serving his jail sentence through the county’s work release program.
Jenkins must also pay $1,000 in restitution to the residence’s homeowner and $15,193.67 to State Farm Insurance. Both restitution matters are related to the October 2020 incident.
His sentence will also be served consecutively to three felony cases and three misdemeanor cases.