By David Howell
VELMA – Several burglaries on County Road 15 are under investigation and the Yalobusha Sheriff’s Department is urging anyone who has noticed anything suspicious in the area to call Crime Stoppers.
Two burglaries were reported last Tuesday, Nov. 6 and a third the following day – all on County Road 15 according to Sheriff William “Lance” Humphreys.
“We believe that our suspects will likely be juveniles, possibly living in the area,” Humphreys reported, due to the unusual nature of the items reported stolen.
In one of the burglaries, a child’s video game was taken, and, in another, $20 in change was heisted.
“Remember, anyone who has information about a crime or suspicious activity can make an anonymous phone call to Crime Stoppers,” Humphreys said. The number to call is 473-4935 or 1-866-933-TIPS. Tips can also be e-mailed or by email to TIPS@YalobushaCounty.net.
In an unrelated burglary, a Water Valley man remains behind bars for his alleged role in a Nov. 7 burglary on County Road 224. Eric Stacy, 31, has been charged with burglary of a residence and grand larceny, according to Humphreys. Entry was gained through a locked door which had been jimmied, according to the sheriff.
Two pistols were taken in the burglary, both of which were recovered.
“We have a second suspect in this case that could be charged with assessory after the fact,” Humphreys said.
As the holiday season approaches, Humphreys urged Yalobushians to take precautions as burglaries statistically increase.
“Neighbors need to watch out for each other,” Humphreys said.
In other sheriff department news:
• A suspicious vehicle was stopped at the Tillatoba Lake Recreational Area.
“The vehicle took off when deputies pulled up,” Humphreys said. The driver was issued a citation for expired tag and possession of drug paraphenelia.
• Deputies assisted the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol (MHP) with a stranded motorist on I-55.
• Deputies assisted MHP with a vehicle fire on Hwy. 330.
“The driver noticed smoke coming out of her dash,” Humphreys said. The vehicle was a complete loss. The Tillatoba Fire Department also responded.
• Deputies recovered a burned out Dodge Stratus on County Road 223. The car, which had a Texas tag, was on blocks and the tires and rims had been removed. Humphreys said his department had been in contact with the San Antonio Police Department on this incident.