Police say a mother turned in her own son after recognizing his photo of a burglary suspect released by the media earlier this month.
On January 11th, WTSB Radio released the photos on their website JoCoReport.com of a break-in at Blackmon’s Gas and Grocery at 917 East Main Street in Benson. Police were trying to identify two burglary suspects captured on video on entering the business in December taking cigarettes and a small amount of money.
The mother of the 16 year-old suspect recognized her son as being in the photo. Benson Police said the mother then confronted her son who admitted to the crime. On January 12th, the mother brought her son, Kenneth Lamar Johnson Jr., of S. George Street, Benson, to the Benson Police Department and also turned over information about his accomplice.
Police said Johnson confessed to committing 4 break-ins at the store and reportedly said he continued to go back because he wanted more cigarettes.
Johnson was charged with 4 counts of felony breaking and entering and 4 counts of larceny. His bail was set at $80,000.
Juvenile petitions were filed against the 15 year-old accomplice.