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Stove Stashed In A Trunk Alerts Deputy To Burglary

By David Howell


WATER VALLEY – It’s not every day someone is cruising down the highway with a stove in their trunk and a sighting last Thursday was enough to make off-duty deputy sheriff Jim Bailey a little suspicious.

Bailey had just left his residence when he noticed a Lincoln Continental with a stove stashed in the trunk. The incident prompted the deputy to get a description of the vehicle and notify dispatch. Other deputies were unable to locate the vehicle on Thursday, but were able to pinpoint the location  where the stove and other items were stolen and notify the owners of the vacant house on Hwy. 32.

The next day, with help from the owners of the residence, deputies were able to identify the vehicle and the occupants involved in the theft.

“Unfortunately it was to late to recover the stolen items, they had already been taken to the scrap yard in Sardis and sold,” Sheriff Lance Humphreys told the Herald.

Jonathan Galloway, Kevin Potts and Priscilla House were arrested and each charged with burglary for their alleged involvement in the theft. 

Their arrests were among only a handful made during the last week. 

Other arrests logged at the Yalobusha County Detention Center from March 22 – 28 include:

• Holly Turner – careless driving and possession of paraphernalia;

• Richard Oelrich – contempt of court (failure to appear); 

• Jason Collins – hold for the Mississippi Department of Corrections; and

• Alex Brown – hold for the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

(A name listed in the jail log does not indicate the person is guilty of the crime with which they are charged, only that the person has been taken to and processed at the facility.)

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