Accused panty thief arrested in Jackson County

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - An Ocean Springs man is behind bars accused of breaking into a home and stealing a woman's undergarments.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said Edward Payton, 29, is a registered sex offender. He's now charged with one count of Burglary and one count of Attempted of Burglary.

Sheriff Byrd said Thursday afternoon, Payton tried to break into a home by ramming the door with his body. The homeowners and their children where inside and called authorities.

The homeowners said just a few days earlier, they came home to find Payton inside the house. They chased him out the back door, but later discovered he had stolen the wife's undergarments.

Edward Payton was convicted of Sexual Battery in Harrison County in 2005. He's currently on probation through Jackson County.

Payton is being held at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center awaiting an initial appearance in county court.

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