MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - A Moss Point man is now behind bars after police said he burglarized a string of homes Tuesday while the homeowners were away. Neighbors said they are pleased swift action from the police helps keep the community safe.
Dollars bills, change, a watch and rings are just some stuff police believe 20-year-old Lee Andrew Gipson stole after targeting homes in Moss Point.
Police said they believe his way of breaking in was back windows and sliding glass doors in broad daylight.
Investigators said the suspect began breaking into homes on the Eastside of town. During the burglaries he set off an alarm, which alerted police and after breaking into his third home he was reportedly caught.
"If they didn't start catching them, my home would be the next on the hit list," resident State Stallworth said.
Stallworth lives across the street from where one of the home burglaries happened Tuesday.
"It proves that our police officers are improving and that is good. I hope the people planning break-ins and threatening the community take notice," said Stallworth.
Moss Point police admit there's still more to do to decrease the spike in home as well as auto burglars in the city this year.
"Our burglaries have unfortunately doubled, but our arrests have also doubled. We have more officers out there that look for this kind of stuff. When they see something suspicious they ask them stop and we confront. We also push neighborhood watches," Raymond said.
Stallworth applauds those efforts and hopes the next time crime strikes, police can make arrests just as fast as they did this time.
Gipson is charged with three counts of burglary. He is also faces a resisting arrest charge. Police said the 20-year-old tried to make a run for it when he got to the police station. His initial appearance on those charges will be held this week.