Thursday, March 31, 2005

Sheriff’s department nabs assault suspects, investigates burglaries

By SUE WATSON
Staff Writer

Two men with Marshall County addresses were arrested and charged with aggravated assault and robbery following a Wednesday night incident in an area off Cayce Road, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.

He said two people working for B & B Recovery were attempting to repossess a vehicle for a local bank when at least three men not associated with the vehicle or the repossession came onto the scene to stop them from taking it.

“Both people attempting to repossess the vehicle were assaulted and robbed by the three men, unidentified at the time,” Dickerson said.

John Cash, 24, of the Red Banks area, and Jake Lacey, 22, of the Byhalia area, were arrested and charged with aggravated assault and armed robbery, arraigned and made bond at $60,000 each, according to the sheriff. He said the two await justice court and circuit court action on the charges. Authorities are looking for a third suspect believed to be involved in the incident, he said.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a rash of burglaries dating back to November 2004 and a shooting.

The burglaries have occurred at numerous residences located in the Highway 309 South, Marianna/Hernando Road, and Lake Center areas, according to investigator Kelly McMillen.

The sheriff’s department is looking for several types of items that were reported stolen from these residences, including DVDs and DVD players, VCRs, TVs, guns and jewelry, he said.

Several items taken from residences in these burglaries have been located and Lafayette County and Oxford law enforcement authorities are working to identify other items recovered in those jurisdictions that may have been burglarized in Marshall County, according to Dickerson.

“It appears that many of these items may have been pawned or traded for drugs in many cases by those responsible for these burglaries,” he said. “We continue to urge city residents and rural residents, in particular, to be on the lookout for strange vehicles in their neighborhoods and do urge them to call the sheriff’s office or 911, if suspicious looking vehicles are noticed.”

He advised those who can afford home security systems to install them because of the increase in burglaries and their association with drug-related activities nationwide. Home security systems are “a great detriment” to these thefts. The vast majority of reported house burglaries involve homes not protected by security systems, he said.

Dickerson said illegal drug pushing is connected with many burglaries, whereby illegal drug users commit crimes of theft, burglary or robbery to get money or items to trade with drug dealers for illegal drugs.

“Although we have made several hundred drug-related arrests since I’ve been in office, it continues,” he said. “It becomes discouraging, however, we will continue to arrest those who deal in illegal drugs and sell them to society.”

Identity theft is also on the rise both in Mississippi and nationwide. Dickerson advised the public to be extremely cautious about giving out any information such as driver’s license and social security numbers or credit card numbers over the telephone to anyone who calls leaving fictitious lottery messages.

“We urge citizens to be aware of these type callers who attempt to obtain information in an illegal manner,” he said. “It can result in a person losing their good credit record and information can be used for additional fraud and theft.

“This has gotten so widespread that Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and his investigators are now actively taking the lead in these type investigations and will be providing detailed seminars for law enforcement officers. I plan to send at least one deputy or investigator to this seminar.”

Also under continued investigation is shooting incident that took place on Old Highway 4 West March 10, McMillen said.

“The victim has recovered well and was recently released from the Medical Center in Memphis,” he said.

Anyone with information regarding these or other crimes is encouraged to call either the sheriff’s office at 662-252-1311 or Marshall County Crime Stoppersat 1-800-729-2169. The identity of those who leave crime tips and information provided will be kept strictly confidential, Dickerson said.


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