Burglary suspect floods jail

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007

When the Greene County Sheriff’s Department received a call in Union about a burglary last Monday, they expected the problem to end when they made an arrest.

Authorities received a call from Hildegard Robinson that someone was breaking into her house.

When deputies responded, Greene County Sheriff Johnny Isaac said, they took Jimmy Lee Robinson, 55, into custody for burglary.

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“She said he came to the front door and knocked,” Isaac said. “When no one answered he went to the back door. She didn’t answer there, so he tore the screen off the window.”

While nothing was stolen, Robinson did cause $40 worth of damage to the door.

There was a lot more damage to come. When Robinson was placed in Greene County Jail, Isaac said, he somehow managed to take off a sprinkler plug and flood the jail.

In addition to the burglary charges, Isaac said, Robinson will face additional charges for flooding the jail. As of Monday, additional charges had not been filed.

Robinson, Isaac said, suffered from “serious problems” mentally and hoped they could get him to a facility where he could get the help he needs.

The department is also investigating another strange case that surfaced when local landowners learned trees had been stolen from their property. The land, which is owned by Prime Service Investment Company, reported someone had cut 60 trees and done $1,000 in damage to the land Isaac said.

The suspect, Isaac said, cut the trees, pushed them aside and planted a green field.

The crime, Isaac said, is likely just a case of mistaken land lines.