Scratches On Burglar Lead To Arrest
By William Browning
TILLATOBA, Miss. – Every rose has its thorn, and because of it a home in Tillatoba has its DVD player again and Milton Carpenter, a resident of that community, is behind bars. Carpenter has been charged with burglary and petit larceny.
Last Thursday at 7:30 p.m. two Yalobusha county sheriff’s deputies responded to an ‘alarm call’ coming from residence 18496 on Hwy. 330.
Upon arriving at the scene, a person was seen running from the rear of the house.
During inspection of the home, the deputies discovered evidence of a stolen DVD player along with a broken window in the back of the home. Along the broken window’s seal, they also found drops of blood. Apparently, the intruder had had a tough time negotiating rose bushes that sit outside and beneath that window.
Carpenter, who lives at a neighboring house, was questioned by the deputies about the break-in. After discovering bloody scratches on Carpenter’s arms, the deputies searched his home, where they found the stolen DVD player.
“That’s just these deputies doing good police work,” said Investigator John Camfield. “They put two-and-two together, and made an arrest.”
Carpenter – who did not resist – was arrested and is currently being held at the Yalobusha County Jail awaiting bond to be set.
“I would just like to commend those two deputies on good police work,” said Sheriff Lance Humphreys. “We get numerous burglary calls over the course of a month and always strive to respond in a timely fashion.”
The DVD player was returned to its rightful owner.