Police: Man stuffed trash can with stolen firearms, games and knives

Jamel Ratcliff. Image source: Picayune Police Department.
Jamel Ratcliff. Image source: Picayune Police Department.

PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) - Stolen guns, knives and game consoles, those are the items Picayune police said they found inside a trash can allegedly being pulled by Jamel Ratcliff, 35, of Picayune around midnight Sunday.

Picayune police assistant to the chief Jeremy Magri said, Ratcliff was in a neighborhood in the area of North Hall Avenue and Fifth Street in Picayune.

Once police arrived, they found Ratcliff and the trash can.

"He was unsteady on his feet. His speech was slurred. He was intoxicated," Magri said.

When police searched inside the trash can that Ratcliff was reportedly pulling, they found approximately $4,500 worth of items. Those items included semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, pistols, laptops, a Play Station and knives, according to Magri.

Magri said, Ratcliff told police that he got all the items from his sister's house, but was unable to say where she lived.

"Officers patrolled the area and saw a gate open at a home on North Hall Avenue. The home ended up being the home that was burglarized," Magri said.

Magri said no one was home at the time of the burglary.

"The home owner was a work. One of the officers knew the homeowner and called that person," Magri explained.

The recovered items were taken to the police station for an inventory, Magri said. Magri alleges Ratcliff removed the home AC unit and entered through a window.

Ratcliff was charged with public drunk, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and residential burglary. The suspect is being held at the Picayune Criminal Justice Center on a $20,250 bond. His initial appearance has not been set yet.

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