Burglary Suspect Apprehended After Using Stolen PS4

A Princeton man found himself in the Johnston County Jail last week after being linked to a break-in outside the Selma city limits.

33 year-old Jackie Lynn Rook Jr. of the 9900 block of Brogden Road was charged with breaking and entering, larceny and conspiracy stemming from a January 23, 2019 break-in on Peedin Street Extension.

On that day, a 34 year-old woman said she left home for about two hours to run an errand. When she returned, her home had been entered and a Play Station 4, wireless control, and 15 PS4 games valued at $1,090 had been stolen.

Deputies got a break in the case after the suspect reportedly used the stolen PS4 online and during the registration process entered his real email address.  Detectives obtained a search warrant to obtain the IP location of where the stolen gaming system was being used. It reportedly came back to Rooks’ address. Before authorities could go to the address, Rook had already pawned the stolen PS4 in Cary.  It was recovered by officers and returned to the victim.

Rook was located May 13th and charged with the three felonies.  He was also wanted for failing to appear in court on seven other charges including breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny, habitual larceny, and attempting to obtain property by false pretenses.

Rook was confined in the Johnston County Jail under a $295,000 bond.