JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Jackson County's sheriff believes storage units in Moss Point, Gautier, Pascagoula and rural parts of the county could be the centerpiece of a money making scheme for one man.
"He goes out and he cuts a lock and replaces it with one of his own so it appears everything is fine," Sheriff Charles Britt said. "When he shows up to the unit he uses a key so it doesn't raise any suspicion. It looks like it has been quite successful for him until now.
Investigators think the man behind the whole scheme is Mark Andrew Clark. Clark would clear out the storage units, deputies said, then he would sort through all the items and sell whatever he could.
"Sometimes at garage sales, yards sales, flea markets and that's why I'm saying it could lead us to Pensacola," Britt said.
A tip from a citizen sent Jackson County deputies to an abandoned house in Moss Point, inside the garage deputies found everything from clothes to birthday cards, cow figurines, a baby book and other nick knacks, those items were able to lead investigators to the victims.
What investigators found in front of the house, led them to their suspect. Deputies said Clark put up a for sale sign with his phone number on it.
"We are not sure if he was staying there," Britt said, "but we know he was using the storage shed in the rear of the residence to place the items that he was not interested in."
What deputies don't know is where they can find Clark. The suspect has not been arrested.
Right now, investigators know of at least 50 victims, but the sheriff said that number could grow.
"We are really asking the citizens to check on your property and report it to the jurisdiction in your area so we can make these reports and get this put behind us," Britt said.