Thursday, April 12, 2012
Manhunt called off in county
By SUE WATSON
The six-hour pursuit of a man wanted on an arrest warrant for burglary was suspended after the suspect fled into woods and could not be found, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
The manhunt began around 11 a.m. Monday in the southeast area of Marshall County and was suspended at 5 p.m.
Jerome Totten, 41, of the 7200 block of Highway 309 South, was spotted by investigators driving a white Chevrolet pickup in the Matthews Corner area by investigators. He fled from authorities, who attempted to get him to stop, and ended up wrecking his truck at the intersection of Union Valley Road and Mt. Sinai Road and fleeing on foot into the woods, the sheriff said.
Totten was wanted in a warrant on burglary of long standing. Dickerson said he may also be connected with several other residential burglaries in the Highway 309 South area of the county.
Assisting Marshall County in the manhunt were officials with the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, and the helicopter unit of the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department and canine officers with both counties.
A list of break-ins to church buildings in the county is lengthening, Dickerson said. Five church burglaries have occurred in the southeast corner of the county, three in the northeast corner, and one near Holly Springs over the last several months.
Added to the list is the Cornerstone Church of Christ, broken into April 5. A flat-screen television and several pieces of sound equipment were taken after burglars attempted unsuccessfully to break in through windows in the back of the church, then pried open the front door. The burglars are believed to have exited the church through the side door, the sheriff said.
Cayce Baptist Church was also burglarized April 5 and a computer was taken.
On April 6, the Mt. Newell Chapel Church on Moore Road was broken into but nothing has been found missing.
Earlier, March 31, the Holly Hill Baptist Church, at 786 Old Highway 7 South near the racetrack, was burglarized and a camcorder taken from the sanctuary. Entry was by breaking in a window in the rear of the building.
Dickerson said church burglars are using the same MO in all these break-ins.
A sizable reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects in these church burglaries. Callers who think they have information that could help lead to suspects are asked to call the sheriff’s department at 662-252-1311 and ask to speak to Maj. Kelly McMillen or Det. Jason Mills. Or callers may leave tips anonymously with Marshall County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169.
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