Fingerprints recovered at the scene of a business burglary in August helped police identify two suspects and take one of them into custody Sunday.
Desmond Washington, 22, was one of two people who police were seeking in connection with a burglary at PJ’s Nightclub at 2411 University Drive on Aug. 13.
During a court hearing Monday for Washington, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said four flat screen televisions that were mounted to the ceiling, 15-feet off the floor, were reported missing. There was an attempt to take two other televisions but that attempt was unsuccessful.
Detective Jacqueline Stevenson reported that fingerprints taken from the two televisions that were left matched those of Washington and Derrick Belin, 25, who is still at large.
Perry Johnson, the owner of the nightclub, told police that there was no reason for Washington’s or Belin’s fingerprints to be on the televisions that were not stolen.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Washington, who Kizer said had no prior convictions or pending charges, after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with commercial burglary, theft of property and criminal mischief.
Washington said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court Oct. 22.
Anyone with information on Belin should contact the police Detective Division at 730-2090 and a reward is available for information leading to an arrest.
Anonymous tips can be submitted to the police website at www.pbpd.org or through their Facebook page. To text an anonymous tip to detectives, text to CRIMES, then put “PBPD” with the message.