A Jacksonville, Florida man remains lodged in the Cherokee County Detention Center, following some quick investigative work by the Centre PD and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

On Tuesday of this week (January 3rd) – Centre Police officers were dispatched to a residence in the Bay Springs community in regard to an apparent break-in attempt.

The homeowners, who were present at the time managed to provide officers with a description of the suspect and a description of the vehicle, a Ford Taurus – but was unable to get a tag number.

Shortly thereafter, officers received another report of a break-in – this one occurring in the Cedar Bluff Road area and law enforcement officials were given a description of a vehicle matching the one in the previous incident.

Eventually Centre Police Officers Wayne Reed & Bobby Winters, with Deputy Shane Thompson made contact with the suspect vehicle which was parked behind a Centre restaurant; the driver of the vehicle was witnessed preparing to walk inside, until he noticed law enforcement at the scene – at which point he attempted to return to his car.

The man was detained for questioning in light of the two earlier break-in’s – and officers noticed several of the items reported stolen in plain view in the man’s vehicle; at that time he requested a lawyer.

Investigator Randy Mayorga was called to the location, and within a short period of time he had obtained positive visual ID on the suspect from the victims of the break-in’s and identification on the stolen items in the car.

Terry Wayne Parks, Jr., a resident of Jacksonville, Florida, was read his Miranda rights and taken in for further questioning.

He was placed under investigative hold for other thefts which have recently occurred in the areas of Centre and Cedar Bluff – following further investigation Parks stands charged with six counts of Breaking & Entering in regard to a motor vehicle, six counts Theft of Property 3rd Degree and one count of Burglary 2nd Degree – and he currently remains in the Cherokee County Detention Center with bond set at $29,000.

Investigator Randy Mayorga would like to express his appreciation to all of those involved in the investigation – especially all of the 3rd shift units at the police department.

Centre Police Chief Kirk Blankenship would like to advise area residents, that if you’ve been the victim of a recent break-in, you should contact the Centre Police Department at (256) 927-3661 – and provide investigators with a brief description of the items stolen.

A follow up will be conducted in the event any of those items have been recovered by police.

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