Police: Homeless man steals car, sets it on fire in Long Beach

Police: Homeless man steals car, sets it on fire in Long Beach
Long Beach police charged Harsson with burglary, grand larceny and possession of meth. (Photo source: Harrison County Jail)

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Jimmy Harsson, 29, of Gulfport is in police custody after police say he walked into someone’s home, stole this person’s car then set it on fire Tuesday morning.

According to Long Beach police, after the resident left the home around 6:30 a.m. to walk the dog, reportedly leaving the door unlocked. Police say a homeless man, identified as Harsson, walked through the unlocked door, grabbed the car keys and dashed outside.

The homeowner reportedly heard something, ran towards the front of the house and saw someone drive off in the car.

Investigators quickly realized the burning car was the vehicle reportedly stolen from inside the city limits. (Photo source: WLOX)
Investigators quickly realized the burning car was the vehicle reportedly stolen from inside the city limits. (Photo source: WLOX)

Police say while they were collecting evidence at the home on Simmons Drive, dispatchers got a call about a car fire on Turner Road in Harrison County at 8:03 a.m. Investigators quickly realized the burning car was the vehicle reportedly stolen from inside the city limits.

A few minutes later, police spotted and arrested Harsson in the general area of the burning vehicle, according to police.

Long Beach police charged Harsson with burglary of a dwelling, felony taking of a motor vehicle and possession of meth.

Chief Billy Seal says Harrison County will charge him with arson because the car fire was in the county. He was transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

Harsson is believed to be homeless and did not know the people who live on Simmons Drive.

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