JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Authorities in Jackson County have arrested another person linked to a string of vehicle thefts in the coastal counties. Jackson County Sheriff Charles Britt said deputies arrested Brittany Leah Griffith, 23, on Tuesday and charged her with three counts of felony taking of a motor vehicle.
Britt said investigators linked Griffith's boyfriend, 26-year-old Austin Colby Allen, to at least 15 vehicle thefts throughout Jackson County. Britt said Austin allegedly stole the vehicles from Interstate 10 as well as park-and-ride locations in St. Martin and Gautier. Authorities said Austin has sold at least 30 vehicles to a local scrap metal dealer since January.
Officials said Austin was arrested on Monday and charged with 15 counts of felony taking of a motor vehicle. At the time of his arrest, Austin was out on bond for three counts of the same charge.
Austin and his brother, 22-year-old Kenneth Damian Allen, were arrested on April 29, 2014, after they were identified as suspects in a previous vehicle theft investigation.
Britt said other charges could be expected against Griffith, Austin and Kenneth in the ongoing investigation.
Kenneth remains in the Jackson County Adult Detention Center without bond. Austin is being held on a $150,000 bond, and Griffith is being held on a $15,000 bond. Each charge of felony taking of a motor vehicle carries up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.
Anyone with addition information regarding this case is asked to call Investigator Greg Evans at 228-875-6823.