Man Uses 11-Year-Old Child In Burglaries
Child Used To Help Commit Crimes
POSTED: 3:57 pm EDT June 16, 2010
ATLANTA -- Authorities in Coweta County have arrested a Moreland man in connection with at least 15 burglaries.
Coweta Sheriff's investigators said that for the past four years, James "Jamie" Frank Jordan III, 38, had been forcing his own child -- now 11 years old -- to aid in countless burglaries either as the lookout or as an active participant.
Coweta Sheriff's Investigator Elaine Jordan said Tuesday the 11-year-old had not been receiving an education - instead her father was "teaching her to do burglaries."
Since his arrest, the 11-year-old and Jordan's three other children have been placed with family members.
Police said the Jordan was stealing everything from household necessities and home decor to food, firearms, jewelry, electronics and even animals.
"He was living off these items," said the investigator. Jamie Jordan would tell his family, "We don't buy items from the store, we steal them," according to authorities. And whatever Jordan couldn't steal, he'd buy with proceeds from selling the stolen items at yard sales and flea markets in other counties, especially in Carrollton, authorities said.
"He was outfitting his home," said Yarbrough.
Police said some of the stolen items that have been recovered include firearms, jewelry and jewelry boxes, electronics, tools, a deer stand, live animals -- peacocks, chickens and dogs -- men's outdoor boots and camouflage, knives, safes, mounted stuffed animals and household decorative items.
Jordan was charged with 15 counts of burglary, four felony thefts, four counts possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, 15 counts of cruelty to children and one count cruelty to animals, according to Major James Yarbrough of the Coweta County Sheriff's Office.