Police bust a teen burglary ring in Moss Point

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MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point police say they've busted a home burglary ring run by a group of teens, and they're looking for more suspects.  Five juveniles are in custody, charged with burglary. The young people are accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of goods.

Moss Point Police say dozens of stolen items came from ten homes burglarized in the city since November.  For nearly two months, police searched for clues as the break-ins continued.

"Daytime or nighttime, we had no suspects," Chief Sheila Smallman said.

Chief Smallman credits good police work and tips from the community in leading them to five, young suspects. The oldest suspect is 16-years-old, the youngest is just 11.

"You are talking 11 years of age. You think they should be out playing or they should be doing homework, but something of that nature."

Smallman said when police searched the teens' homes they found dozens of stolen items hidden inside bedrooms and attics.

"We suspected that kids were involved because of some of the items that were taken," Smallman said.

Chief Smallman said the young people stole Wii Games, new jeans, laptops and MP3 players. The items recovered so far are valued at $4,500.  Police say they're looking for two more teen suspects, but they also believe there's an adult involved in this burglary ring.

If you have any information about the crime, please call Moss Point Police (228) 475-1711.

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