Police: Chief's stolen armor found in ex-hoops star's bedroom

Staff report

Police say body armor stolen from a York County police chief was recovered in the bedroom of a former York High basketball star now sought in connection with a string of thefts.

In this file photo, York High's Jahaire Wilson handles the ball during a District 3-AAAA boys' basketball first-round game in 2014.

Southern Regional Police Chief James Boddington’s firearm, which was stolen at the same time as other police-issued gear, was not recovered, according to the criminal complaint against Jahaire Wilson, 19, of 603 N. George St.

An arrest warrant has been filed against Wilson, who, when captured, will be charged with burglary, receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking, among other charges, according to Northern York County Regional Police.

Warrant:  Boddington's armor was recovered during the investigation of a Friday night burglary in the 1200 block of Stonehenge Drive in Manchester Township.

Police said two suspects in that case fled on foot, but officers discovered a sneaker and phone that led them to a home in the 600 block of North George Street. There, they found the other shoe and recovered items, including Boddington’s equipment, that had been stolen in neighboring jurisdictions over the last few months, police said.

Arrest warrant for former York High basketball stand-out

On Saturday, Northern York County Regional Police said they obtained a warrant for Wilson's arrest.

Wilson was a standout basketball player for York High. As a senior in the 2014-15 season, the 6-foot-4 Wilson was named third-team all-state in Class AAAA. He averaged 18 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game that year, helping the Bearcats to a 26-5 season that included York-Adams Division I, York-Adams League Tournament and District 3 Class AAAA titles. He scored more than 1,000 points in his York High career.

Some gear stolen from Boddington during an Oct. 20 burglary of a locked York Township garage had been recovered before his body armor was found in Wilson’s bedroom.

Detectives from York-area police departments, along with the York County Quick Response Team, arrested Bernardo Alfredo Jimenez Jr., 26, after a Nov. 2 raid on his 613 S. Pershing Ave. home.

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.

Stolen police gear seized from York City home

Those items were stolen from Boddington during a burglary, according to charging documents.