By David Howell
OAKLAND – A man who interviewed for a job at Windsor Foods in Oakland faces criminal charges after he allegedly returned later that night and helped himself to copper wire and welding rods.
Yalobusha Sheriff Lance Humphreys reported Donan Boswell, 31, has been charged with grand larceny and burglary by the sheriff’s department. Boswell was arrested by officers with the Grenada Police Department Monday following the county’s investigation. Boswell is from Alabama and was staying at a Grenada hotel at the time of his arrest.
“He parked almost a quarter-mile away from the factory and walked through the woods to get to the building,” Humphreys said about the incident. Boswell allegedly scaled a fence, and toted 170 pounds of copper and 180 pounds of welding leads back to his vehicle Friday night.
“He said he was working by himself,” Humphreys said of the herculean effort.
The stolen items were recovered at Metal Management of Mississippi, a scrap metal yard in Duck Hill. Under a new Mississippi law, which took effect this month, scrap metal dealers are required to hold copper for three days and obtain information from the seller including a photograph.
Humphreys said the new law contributed to the successful outcome of the case. The stolen goods were returned to Windsor Foods Monday afternoon.
Boswell also faces charges in Grenada County because he was allegedly driving a stolen automobile.
“Our deputy called the scrap yard and when he was given the tag information, he checked with the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and discovered the car was stolen,” Humphreys said.
In other law enforcement news:
• Deputies responded to a dog attack in Oakland. Humphreys said deputies responded because Oakland did not have an officer on duty.
• Deputies worked a larceny after a bicycle was taken from County Road 95 on July 17. The bicycle was recovered and a youth court summons was issued to the juveniles who allegedly stole it.
• Deputies worked a petty larceny on County Road 216 on July 18.
• Deputies responded to a report of simple assault on Mike Drive in the Water Valley Boat Landing area. The victim declined to press charges.
• Deputies made an arrest for careless driving, no proof of insurance and indecent exposure on Hwy. 7 near Coffeeville on July 19.
• Deputies responded to a report of harassing phone calls on County Road 53 on July 21.
• Deputies took a report of larceny on County Road 176 on July 21.
City Crime Report
WATER VALLEY – A city resident could face five years in prison and a $5000 fine if convicted of a felony shoplifting charge.
Police arrested Jerry Lynn Pomlee, 40, of Water Valley at Larson’s Big Star on Wednesday, July 16, according to Lt. Rick McCuan.
Pomlee, who has two prior shoplifting convictions within the past seven years, was charged with third-offense shoplifting, a felony. He was released on $5000 bound, McCuen said.
Lt. McCuan reported the following additional law enforcement activity within the Water Valley City limits during the past week:
• Made three arrests for possession of marijuana;
• Made three arrests for simple domestic assault;
• Made an arrest for driving under suspension;
• Issued two citations for disturbing the peace, loud music in a motor vehicle;
• Took a report of domestic assault;
• Took a report of simple assault;
• Took a report of disturbance of the family;
• Took a report of shoplifting;
• Took a report of malicious mischief;
• Took a report of false pretense;
• Took a report of aggravated assault which is still under investigation;
• Took four accident reports;
• Investigated one vehicle crash;
• Issued 34 traffic citations.