Thursday, March 11, 2010
Burglary suspect in custody after chase
By SUE WATSON
A man believed to have participated in 17 burglaries in the area was taken into custody last week.
Katari Vatray Martin, 22, of the Cayce Road/Rabbit Ridge area north of Victoria, was caught in the Hacks Cross Road area of DeSoto County following a pursuit, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson. He was driving a black, 2003 Dodge pickup stolen from in front of Annie’s Restaurant February 10.
Dickerson said the fireman who owned the pickup had driven in Annie’s parking lot and left the truck running and when he came out it had been stolen.
Numerous house burglaries took place in the county, after the truck was stolen, where a black pickup similar to the description was reported seen, he said.
Working with confidential informants, as well as law enforcement deputies on the lookout for the pickup, was key to finding the truck with some of the loot still inside.
The vehicle was spotted at a location near Victoria Wednesday of last week and followed by an officer with the Mississippi Department of Transportation to a location near the DeSoto County/Marshall County line on four-lane Highway 78 West. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle near the Ingrams Mill exit and the driver stopped momentarily then fled at a high rate of speed, Dickerson said.
State and county and city law officers pursued the suspect into the Hacks Cross/Highway 302 intersection in DeSoto County, where the truck the suspect was driving hit another vehicle and slid into a concrete curb shearing the passenger rear tire clean at the axle.
The suspect fled into a wooded area and jumped a high fence near the intersection. An intensive manhunt was launched by officers with DeSoto County, Olive Branch and Marshall County and a short time later the DeSoto K-9 took the suspect into custody in a dense wooded area near the wrecked stolen truck.
The arrest followed without incident with the exception of minor dog bites sustained by the suspect. Martin was detained a short while in Olive Branch then brought to Marshall County, the sheriff said.
“Thus far, the investigation has revealed the suspect has broken into 17 or more Marshall County homes in the Red Banks, Gardner Road and Mt. Pleasant area during the past few weeks,” Dickerson said. “We have reason to believe in the majority of the break-ins, the suspect was using the stolen vehicle and had possession of it the entire time since the thefts.”
Numerous stolen guns and other items were located in the Memphis area Friday. The main items the suspect was taking were firearms. The investigation revealed some of the stolen firearms had been sold to bargain hunters locally and some properties were taken to DeSoto County and the Memphis area and sold or pawned, Dickerson said.
He praised the hard work and long hours of Marshall and DeSoto County sheriffs’ investigators as well as the Olive Branch authorities who stayed on the investigation and cooperated in bringing the suspect into custody.
“We also commend and appreciate the help of the good Marshall County citizens on being alert and helping us establish clues and providing information that expedited the arrest of these types of offenders,” Dickerson said.
Dickerson further commended the MDOT officer for his assistance in surveilling the stolen truck and in alerting other authorities as to its location.
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