Jackson County investigators believe they've busted an auto burglary ring that targeted rural car and truck owners. Four people are under arrest for their alleged roles in a month long string of auto burglaries in the Hurley and Wade communities.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said between March 23 and April 14, 23 auto burglaries were reported, and more arrests could follow.
Roger Dale Byrge II, 19, of Hurley, and Adam Wayne Porter, 18, of Helena, were arrested first on April 15. Brandon Todd Woodard, 18, Lucedale, was arrested on April 18; and Devin Matthew Byrge, 18, of Jackson County, was arrested on April 19. All four suspects were charged in the auto burglaries.
Investigators said all the victims in these cases left their vehicles unlocked during the nights of the burglaries. The suspects told authorities they rode around neighborhoods in the north part of Jackson County checking for unlocked vehicles, because they know people in the country leave their vehicles unlocked.
The investigation is still ongoing. If you have any information that could help, contact Sergeant Randy Muffley with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department's Criminal Investigation Division at (228) 769-3152.