HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Pass Christian Police Chief Timothy Hendricks called the situation shocking and sickening. Two firefighters with the Pass Christian and D'Iberville Fire Departments are accused of stealing a golf cart from a home in the Timber Ridge subdivision in the Pass.
Hendricks said Jason Hair, 37, and John Adam Noble, 34, are charged with grand larceny and receiving stolen property.
According to the chief, Hair is a full-time firefighter with the City of Pass Christian. Noble is part-time in Pass Christian and full-time with the D'Iberville Fire Department.
Hendricks said the alleged theft happened around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
Officials said one of the suspects drove a truck and trailer into the Timber Ridge subdivision on the west side of Pass Christian and loaded up a golf cart from a home in the 400 block of Royal Oak Boulevard. Hendricks said the golf cart was then dropped off at a second location.
"Due to the individuals' position within the community makes this shocking in its nature," said Hendricks. "This incident is sickening to our community. However, we are dedicated to truth and justice and will be as forthcoming with further details as they become available."
According to Hendricks, information gathered during the grand larceny investigation led authorities to a home on Hayes Road in Harrison County. That's where authorities reportedly found a large marijuana growing operation in a trailer on the property.
Hendricks said investigators found more than 60 marijuana plants, more than $10,000 in cash and several guns. The Harrison County Sheriff's Department also seized several other items, including vehicles, according to the chief.
William Watts, 43, is charged with manufacture of a controlled substance. He was released from the Harrison County Jail on a $20,000 bond. Hendricks said the drug case has been turned over to the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team.
Hair and Noble were released from the Harrison County Jail on $10,000 bonds.
Hendricks said investigators with the D'Iberville, Long Beach and Waveland Police Departments, as well as the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, assisted in the operation.
"This is a shining example of seamless teamwork across jurisdictions," said Hendricks. "Public trust is a huge concern these days. We are going to do our job."
Hendricks said Pass Christian police are executing search warrants Wednesday on property seized Tuesday, and the stolen golf cart has been recovered.
The investigation is ongoing. Hendricks said there could be more arrests and more charges for those already arrested.