Church and store burglary suspect arrested, another at large

POPLARVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Poplarville police said they are looking for one of two burglary suspects accused of stealing items from a church and store on August 12 and 13. According to Poplarville Police Lt. John Kramer said they still haven't arrested Rokeland Hammond, 20, of Lumberton for burglary charges.

The other suspect in the burglaries is Terrance Jackson, 22, of Poplarville, Kramer said. He was arrested on Tuesday, August 13. Kramer said both Hammond and Jackson are accused of entering Triumph Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Drive in Poplarville through a window on Monday, August 12.

They allegedly stole microphones and printers as well as and undisclosed amount of pennies that were collected for fundraising, Kramer said.

The next day Tuesday, August 13 the two are accused of climbing through at window at The Other Side store on Magnolia Street in Poplarville. Once they got in, Kramer said they stole baby clothes, bags, jewelry, coffee makers and other items. An anonymous tip led investigators to a description of the burglary suspects vehicle: White, Ford Taurus.

A car matching that description was spotted Tuesday night at around 11:30 p.m. When officers conducted a traffic stop the officers reportedly found "spice" or synthetic marijuana as well as the suspects.

Both Jackson and Hammond and another occupant in the car were arrested for drug charges. However, Kramer said, officers weren't aware that Hammond was also a suspect in the burglaries so he was released. Jackson, on the other hand, was arrested for misdemeanor possession of synthetic marijuana and two counts of felony commercial burglary.

Kramer said once Hammond is arrested he'll face two counts of felony commercial burglary. Kramer said, Jackson was being held at the Pearl River County Jail, but has posted a $20,000 bond.

Some of the stolen items were recovered and returned, however, the stolen pennies were not.

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