By David Howell
WATER VALLEY – A Georgia man was arrested Saturday after police learned he was wanted for failure to register as a sex offender. Chief A.J. Hernandez reported that Brock McCroy was taken into custody without incident.
Hernandez said McCroy had been in the area for around the month and first raised suspicion when he applied at a local business for employment. After contacting the U.S. Marshals, the chief said he learned that McCroy was a fugitive.
“They were looking for him, they were pleased we were able to take him into custody,” the chief said. His department was assisted by the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department in the arrest. Hernandez said his officers received a tip about his location and were waiting for him when he showed up. McCroy had a loaded pistol in his waistband when he was arrested. He will also be charged with felon in possession of a firearm.
“The weapon charge will likely be prosecuted by the ATF,” Hernandez added.
Other law enforcement activity in Water Valley during the last week includes:
• A robbery at the Exxon station on Frostland Drive is under investigation. Hernandez reported a male entered the store around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning and told the clerk he was armed. He left with an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register and a small amount of merchandise.
The chief said the suspect fled without displaying a gun. He also said his department has identified a couple of people of interest in the case.
• Worked two automobile burglaries. The first one was reported on Henry Place Drive on June 19. A purse was taken from an unlocked vehicle. The second one was reported on Wood Street on June 20. Personal property valued at $200 was taken from the vehicle.
The chief reminded Water Valley residents to not leave valuables or keys in a vehicle and make sure the vehicle doors are locked.
• Took a report of grand larceny from the mini storage on the north end of town. Furniture and clothes were reported missing in the theft.
• Arrested Scott Lexa and Mona Bowles for public drunk on June 16 at the corner of Railroad and Wood Street. Hernandez reported Lexa became aggressive when officers responded, prompting a scuffle before he was taken into custody.
• Responded to two animal complaints.
• Worked two family disturbances.
• Worked four automobile accidents.
• Made five arrests.