Thursday, February 2, 2012
Suspects charged in scrap metal theft; two suspects ID’d in theft of three trailers
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County Sheriff’s Department investigators have made three arrests in connection with a scrap metal theft, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
One suspect is a juvenile and in custody awaiting juvenile court action. Two others have been booked and await future court action, he said.
Cornelius Pritchard, 18, of the 200 block of Felix Road, and Jarvious Smith, 22, of the 300 block of Felix Road, are charged with grand larceny in the theft of scrap metal from a residence on Felix Road, Dickerson said.
The lengthy investigation, begun in November 2011, took a long time to complete due to the difficulty of locating where the scrap metal had been sold, he said.
Because of the increasing dollar value of scrap metal, the theft of scrap iron and wire and other recyclable products is rampant during this economic cycle, the sheriff said.
He said his staff welcomes any tips regarding theft and crime of any kind that may help solve some of these grand larceny problems. Those who have information that may be helpful to investigators to solving a crime are encouraged to call Marshall County Sheriff’s Office at 662-252-1311 and ask to speak to Maj. Kelly McMillen. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169.
Burglary, larceny arrests
Two men have been identified as suspects in the theft of three trailers from property on Hill Field Cove in Byhalia on or about December 1, 2011, Dickerson said.
Daniel J. Robert, 46, of the 100 block of Woodland Cove, Byhalia, was arrested and charged with grand larceny Friday, Jan. 6, according to the sheriff. A second suspect, Stewart Hampton, 25, of the 70 block of Ridgefield Cove, Byhalia, has been picked up by Memphis authorities and is a suspect in the thefts, Dickerson said. The sheriff is seeking extradition of Hampton back to Marshall County.
Two 36-foot, dual-axle box trailers valued at over $500 and a third trailer valued at $20,000 – a sheet rock trailer with lighting fixtures, furniture and cabins – were located at a scrap yard in Byhalia, the sheriff said.
In another case, two suspects, Marcus Wilson, 25, of the 400 block of Edwards Road, Byhalia, and Lavonte Sharp, 19, of the 1200 block of Williams Road in Byhalia, were recently arrested and charged with a residential burglary that took place on January 3, Dickerson said.
Sheriff’s department investigators recovered a television, DVD, and other items are being sought in connection with the burglary.
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