Man says he stole for pill habit

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Law enforcement has tied one Andalusia man to at least five recent local burglaries and a host of others in two nearby counties.

Timothy Mark Jackson, 24, is charged with allegedly burglarizing two homes in Andalusia, one in Red Level, one in McKenzie, one in Loango and others in Crenshaw and Butler counties – all because he needed money to fuel his prescription pill habit, authorities said Monday.


The case against Jackson is the result of a joint investigation that began on Oct. 12 among the Andalusia Police Department, the Covington County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgiana Police Department and Butler and Crenshaw county authorities.

Sgt. Ray Dixon, a detective with the Andalusia Police Department, said Jackson is charged with stealing “anything portable and valuable” from the local homes. Items included guns, jewelry, electronics, cash and prescription pills, he said.

The same types of items were allegedly taken from the homes out in the county’s jurisdiction.

“Mr. Jackson is known to be addicted to pain meds,” Dixon said. “When he confessed to all five of the burglaries, he stated he did it to fuel his drug habitat. He basically pawned the things or sold them to anyone who would buy them at locations throughout Andalusia, Georgiana and Butler County.”

Dixon said the bulk of the items taken were recovered and returned to their rightful owners.

Jackson is charged locally with one count of first-degree burglary, one count of third-degree burglary and three counts of second-degree theft of property. In the county cases, Jackson faces three counts of third-degree burglary and three counts of second-degree theft of property. His total bond is $130,000; however, he is currently being held in the Butler County Jail for burglary, theft and violation of probation charges.

The investigations are still ongoing.