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Stolen police gear seized from York City home

Liz Evans Scolforo

Police said they seized a number of stolen weapons when they raided a York City man's home Wednesday, including some belonging to a local police chief.

Detectives from York-area police departments, along with the York County Quick Response Team, on Wednesday arrested Bernardo Alfredo Jimenez Jr., 26, after raiding his 613 S. Pershing Ave. home.

Bernardo Jimenez Jr.

He is now in York County Prison, charged with five counts of receiving stolen property and two counts of possessing prohibited offensive weapons. District Judge Scott Laird set bail at $150,000, according to court records.

York Area Regional Police Officer Michael Zinn Jr. filed the charges, alleging the seized stolen property included a law-enforcement-grade Taser, a tactical vest with bullet-resistant panels, a replica German MP 40 machine gun, a replica Webley revolver and a camouflage vest.

Those items were stolen during an Oct. 20 burglary of a locked York Township garage belonging to Southern Regional Police Chief James Boddington, charging documents state.

Jimenez at this point isn't accused of burglarizing the chief's garage, only with possessing items stolen from it.

Just 'holding' items: He told police he was holding the items "for his brother's friend" but agreed they were most likely stolen, charging documents allege. Jimenez said he doesn't know the name of his brother's friend, police said.

Also seized Wednesday was a sawed-off double-barrel shotgun, documents state; the barrel had been shortened to a length of 14 inches.

"Jimenez stated he bought the shotgun from a different friend of his brother for $150. ... Jimenez stated he knew the way he purchased the shotgun was not correct, but he wanted it for protection," documents state. "Jimenez agreed the shotgun was most likely stolen."

York Area Regional Police Lt. Tobin Zech said Jimenez remains under investigation in relation to numerous unsolved burglaries and thefts from vehicles in York Area's territory.

Zech confirmed York Area Regional is working with investigators from other local departments.

Detective Sgt. Jeff Snell of West Manchester Township Police said his department is working to solve a number of thefts from vehicles.

Evidence at lab: He said evidence has been sent to a crime lab in an effort to identify the thieves working in West Manchester.

"I can't rule him in or out (as a person of interest)," Snell said of Jimenez.

The detective-sergeant said there are multiple groups of thieves in the area stealing items from parked vehicles.

Spring Garden Township Police Chief George Swartz said investigations by his department remain ongoing, and therefore "we will not be confirming any person as a potential suspect."

York City Police Lt. Troy Bankert wrote in a news release that the raid at Jimenez's home was "based on recent burglary incidents within and outside the city" and that police recovered items stolen in burglaries both in York City and in other municipalities.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.