Thursday, November 22, 2007
Suspects in burglaries arrested
By SUE WATSON
Suspects were arrested Friday in two burglary incidents that took place during the week, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
An early morning store burglary that triggered an alarm system alerted Marshall County deputies to a grocery at Early Grove and Highway 72 November 12.
Coincidental to the burglar alarm a grey van was reported seen stopped at a location in the Highway 72 area near Slayden.
Dickerson said investigators spotted a grey 1993 van with Tennessee license plates and search of the contents of the van turned up a 9 mm handgun, cash, a black backpack and numerous other items believed to be stolen from the grocery.
Investigators are still processing the inventory from the van, he said.
A witness report of a van parked below the site at Quick Stop moments earlier triggered the search for the van, Dickerson said.
The van was spotted by deputy Michael Garner who responded to the alarm call, he said.
Two suspects were arrested and charged with burglary of a commercial building.
In custody on $100,000 bond each are Kevin Lawdell Luster, 31, of 2688 Kimball Avenue, of Memphis, and Ronnie Rosehay Sanders, 33, of 714 Aloe Street, Cleveland. Arraignment for the two is set for November 26 in Marshall County justice court.
Several additional burglaries may have also been solved last week involving residential breakins and thefts of firearms, Dickerson said.
Seven rifles, five shotguns and three pistols were recovered Friday by officers on the lookout for a red Jeep Cherokee. The vehicle was believed to be involved in a residential burglary at Cedar Hills in Holly Springs November 15 and a burglary in Highway 309 North area in Barton, Dickerson said.
“We organized an all-out effort by investigators and all our patrol units Friday to be on the lookout for a red pickup or Jeep occupied by two or more unknown males,” Dickerson said.
Deputy Rick Preciado was patrolling on Hernando Road when he spotted a red Jeep driving on the wrong side of the road, Dickerson said.
“As the result of the traffic stop, three handguns were recovered tucked under seats,” the sheriff said.
Two of the handguns were identified as belonging to a resident who was burglarized in the Cedar Hill area the day before.
The investigation was continued by Randy Harper, Kelly McMillen and Falando Marion, leading to the recovery of numerous other rifles and shotguns hidden in a wooded area located off Hernando Road west of Holly Springs about two miles, Dickerson said.
Three males were picked up Friday in connection with the investigation.
Jimmy Lee Vaughn, 21, of 200 Greenbriar Circle, and Cassel Javonta Vaughn, 17, of 459 West College Street in Holly Springs, are being held on numerous burglary charges in Holly Springs and Marshall County. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and the Collierville Police Department each have requested a hold on the two suspects, Dickerson said. Bond was set at arraignment Monday at $100,000 each for the suspects.
A third suspect, Curtis Cortez Aldridge, 18, of 233 Beverly Lane, Holly Springs, was charged with two counts burglary locally and bond was set at $50,000.
The Collierville Police Department and Shelby County have placed a hold order for Aldridge, Dickerson said.
“The vast majority of the firearms and property taken were recovered,” Dickerson said.
He said these arrests may settle many outstanding burglary cases.
“As a rule when you arrest a group like that, statistics show they will be good for several burglaries as was in this case,” he said.
Also Monday, a preliminary hearing was held for Marcus Dashun Hullett, a suspect in a capital murder case involving the death of a Lexington, Tenn., man.
Dickerson said DNA evidence has confirmed that the human remains found in the burned out Chevrolet on Mt. Carmel Road November 3 belonged to Joe Beale, 24, of Lexington.
Marshall County is seeking the extradition of Barry H. Hullett, 26, of Lexington, Tenn., back to Marshall County to face capital murder charges, he said. A court hearing on his extradition is being held this week in Lexington.
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