By David Howell
WATER VALLEY – The sheriff’s department is investigating several stolen vehicles in the county this morning, and have at least one eye-witness reporting a sighting just after daylight.
Sheriff Lance Humphreys reported at least four vehicles were stolen, three in Yalobusha County and one in Lafayette County. In the bizarre story, the thieves took a vehicle in Lafayette County on Hwy. 315 , south of Water Valley, about a mile into Lafayette County.
The thieves apparent next stop was was at Larry Kimzey’s residence on Hwy. 315, where a 2013 Ford F250 was stolen. The group then stopped at Kimzey’s son’s residence, where they took his late model GM pickup and left the car stolen from Lafayette County.
The group’s next target was on County Road 436, where they stole a vehicle from Arnold Wayne Carothers and left the GM pickup.
Around 6 a.m., several students were waiting on the bus on County Road 436, when they saw a gray car stop, and a male African American jump out of the car and bust the back glass out of a parked vehicle, stealing a laptop computer.
Humphreys said the incident is identical to ring of Jackson car thieves that struck the county last August, taking two cars from Coffeeville. Two Jackson men were charged in that crime.
“I do not think this is a local group, this is going to be a ring, likely out of the Jackson area just like last time,” Humphreys said.
Humphreys alerted authorities at Jackson Police Department to see if the vehicles could be intercepted on I-55.
Anyone who saw suspicious activity this morning is urged to call the sheriff’s department at 473-2722. You can also contact the Yalobusha County Crime-Stoppers at 1-866-933-TIPS or 473-4935.