HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Hancock County Sheriff's Department is asking for your help in capturing a burglary suspect and his accomplice. Investigators believe the duo have hit at least seven businesses in Diamondhead, Bay St. Louis and the Kiln.
The deputies are hoping someone will recognized the suspects through surveillance videos released Tuesday.
Sheriff's investigators say a tobacco shop in the back of Diamondhead is the latest to be burglarized. The door is still boarded up from the Sunday night robbery. A few weeks ago, two nearby businesses, a liquor store and a pizza restaurant, were victimized.
"They violated our space. Our restaurant was broke in and they stole some things, so, yes, it's bothersome," said Tonya Martin.
Martin is co-owner of the restaurant. She says the burglars got away with more than $1,000 in quarters. Investigators say the businesses are being hit late at night when they are closed.
"They like to park in front of the business, make entry through the front door, bust the glass door. They like to crawl through the front door and crawl into the business. From that point, they take cash or whatever they can get their hands on," explained Investigator Johnny Allison.
Investigators believe the same two people are responsible for all of the burglaries, and they have a few leads.
"We know they are driving a white Buick. We know that the Buick has factory, six spoke rims," said Investigation Steve Saucier.
They hope someone will recognize the man they say has a distinctive characteristic.
"The biggest thing we're looking at from the public is we believe the suspect has a natural limp to him, or maybe in the past had an injury that caused him to have a limp," said Allison.
"We don't want this to progress any further than it already has," Saucier said. "They've already hit a total of seven businesses. That's too many. We need the public's help to stop this."
The business owners want to see it stopped, too.
"We're ready for someone to get caught, that's fore sure," Martin said.
Investigators believe the car driven by a female accomplice is a Buick Regal, model year 2000 to 2005.
A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. If you have any information that could help investigators, call the Hancock County Sheriff's Department at (228) 466-6900.