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Police: Man on probation suspected in Facebook burglary

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Police said Austin Jones was on probation and serving house arrest at the time of the Aug. 29 burglary. (LVMPD/Facebook/Ed Vidal) Police said Austin Jones was on probation and serving house arrest at the time of the Aug. 29 burglary. (LVMPD/Facebook/Ed Vidal)

A man arrested in a Las Vegas home break-in case that attracted attention on social media was on house arrest at the time of the burglary, a police report said.

A Las Vegas Metro police report detailing the arrest of Austin Jones, 23, was released Tuesday.

Police tied Jones to the Aug. 29 break-in in the 2000 block of Tanner Valley Court after receiving tips from the public. Those tips came in after the owner of the home involved in burglary recorded the incident and uploaded the video clip to Facebook.

Since posting it, the clip attracted thousands of shares among Las Vegas Facebook users.

Police, in the report, said a black backpack, a Sparkletts five-gallon water bottle with change and cash inside, a rolling suitcase and a gold ring were among items missing.

In the report, a tip named Jones as a possible suspect in the video. Police stated in the report Jones matched the height, weight, complexion and overall appearance as the person seen in the video.

The report also said investigators found Jones was serving house arrest for several charges including home invasion, burglary with a deadly weapon, burglary, attempted burglary and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. His probation was slated to expire in 2017, police stated in the report.

Police further said Jones was wearing a monitoring bracelet, which showed him leaving his home on Aug. 29 before 9 a.m. and arriving at about 9:20 a.m. The homeowner placed the incident at about 9 a.m., according to the original Facebook video post.

Police, in the report, also located a Cadillac-model vehicle that matched the one seen in the surveillance video. The car was registered to Jones' mother, the report said.

A probation officer, in the report, made contact with Jones on Saturday to arrange a meeting after learning about police looking for him. The meeting resulted in the suspect's arrest.

The probation officer, invoking a search clause, looked inside Jones' home, which is about a mile-and-a-half away from the burglary. There, the officer found shoes that matched the ones seen on the suspect in the video posting, as the report stated.

Detectives went on to execute a search warrant, which produced an empty five-gallon water bottle. Police, in the report, learned no water deliveries were made to the home, and no other jugs were found at the residence.

Detectives stated, in the report, their belief the bottle was the one taken from the home.

Jones was booked into Clark County Detention Center on a count of burglary. His 72-hour hearing was scheduled for Thursday.

The CCDC inmate database also showed Jones' charge for violation of probation.

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