Thursday, September 16, 2010
Man charged in burglaries of two county businesses
By SUE WATSON
A man serving a seven-year sentence at a Mississippi Department of Corrections facility in Leake County was arrested and charged with the burglary of two commercial buildings Sunday, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
The suspect was on weekend release when the two burglaries occurred, he said.
Tyrone Rogers, 38, became a suspect in the Sunday morning break-in of the Barton BP station on Highway 309 North when officers responding to the break-in call found a car parked on the highway near the station. The engine and tires were warm, Dickerson said. A subsequent tag identification led investigators to the home of the vehicle owner who said Rogers had asked to use her car and had left in it around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, September 12.
A manhunt was conducted in the area of Barton to the DeSoto County line, the sheriff said. The sheriff’s department was assisted in a manhunt by officers with the Byhalia Police Department, Collierville, Tenn., Police Department, DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Marshal’s Office. Meanwhile investigators seized the vehicle allegedly driven to Barton by the suspect.
Around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Rogers came to the sheriff’s department attempting to recover the impounded vehicle and was subsequently arrested and charged with the burglary of the Barton BP and the burglary of the Sam’s Town Grocery (formerly Marion’s Grocery) near Waterford August 8.
Dickerson said Rogers had been serving time at an MDOC satellite facility in Leake County and was on weekend leave on both occasions. He has pled to numerous burglary charges in bordering counties in North Mississippi and has burglary charges pending in Tate County, Dickerson said. Rogers was serving time on prior burglary charges in Tippah County and was serving his sentence in Leake County, the sheriff said.
Rogers is being held at the Marshall County jail but will be returned to the custody of MDOC. He will face these two burglary charges pending action of the Marshall County grand jury, the sheriff said.
In a separate incident Monday, Sept. 13, officers with the sheriff’s department and the drug task force arrested three on drug-related charges after a traffic stop near the intersection of Highway 78 and Highway 7 in Holly Springs, Dickerson said.
Arrested and charged with possession of heroin were suspects Khari Dykes, 33, of the CR 141 area in Tupelo, and Amanda Pruitt, 26, of the CR 194 area in Blue Springs, he said. They are in jail on $5,000 bonds.
Also arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia was Karissa Williamson, 37, of the 200 block of Parkview Cove in Pontotoc, Dickerson said. She remains in jail on $500 bond.
Also, hunting season will begin soon and the associated thefts of four-wheelers and hunting guns will likely be on the rise as usual. Dickerson asked neighborhoods to be on the lookout during this season and call 911 to report any suspicious vehicles or unusual activity. Sheriff’s deputies will come out to investigate any unusual or suspicious activity, he said.
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