Tip leads to capture in theft from disabled man

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Crime,Scott McCabe

A tip from a reader of The Washington Examiner helped U.S. marshals deputies "Get Shorty."

 

Timothy "Shorty" Wiggins is the 32nd fugitive arrested by authorities -- and the third this month -- thanks directly to information provided by Examiner readers.

The 48-year-old Wiggins was arrested around 2 p.m. Saturday on Sumner Road SE, in D.C., two days after his story and photo appeared in the pages of the in the Crime & Punishment section. He is waiting to be extradited to Maryland where he faces arrest warrants in three jurisdictions.

"Nice job by The Examiner readers once again," said Supervisory Inspector Matt Burke of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. "This is exactly how it is supposed to work. We profile a fugitive; a citizen recognizes the photo and calls the police and the bad guy goes to jail."

Wiggins was wanted for the brazen burglary of the home of a disabled man in Gaithersburg on Feb. 11. Police said thieves gained access to the man's residence in Montgomery Village after finding keys in a special vehicle for the disabled traveler.

The thieves stole jewelry, electronics and other valuables, then drove away in the man's special-access vehicle.

Two of Wiggins' alleged accomplices have been taken into custody.

Wiggins was also wanted in Prince George's County and Takoma Park for failing to appear in court on separate theft and larceny charges.

Wiggins joins a long list of Most Wanted fugitives arrested by authorities as a direct result of tips from Examiner readers. The Most Wanted feature runs each Thursday. Since it began nearly three years ago, citizens have helped police capture convicted murders, kidnappers, sex offenders and con men.

Earlier this month, a Metrobus rider picked up a copy of paper and phoned in a tip that led to the capture of a teenager wanted for first-degree murder.

Several days later a tip from another reader led to the capture of a Jamaican man who was in the United States illegally and wanted on charges of possession of 20 pounds of marijuana.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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