Arrests made in string of Jackson Co. burglaries and auto thefts - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Arrests made in string of Jackson Co. burglaries and auto thefts

Kendall Cunningham (Photo source: Moss Point Police Department) Kendall Cunningham (Photo source: Moss Point Police Department)
Julian Mangum (Photo source: Moss Point Police Department) Julian Mangum (Photo source: Moss Point Police Department)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

The recovery of a stolen car could be linked to more than a dozen burglaries in Moss Point, leading to the arrest of five teenagers.

"They've been breaking in for a long, long time. This has not just started. They just don't care," a west Moss Point resident said.
 
The woman didn't want to be identified, but says the number of burglaries on her street have gotten out of hand.

"They've just been breaking into our vehicles, and when they get a chance, they steal them," she said.

The woman said a few weeks ago her neighbor's car was stolen and days later, hers was too.

"They took it. They drove it and they wrecked it. I had no idea. None," she said shaking her head.

I asked what her initial emotions were after chatting with her neighbors.

"'How could they do that' is what I thought to myself. I can't believe this is happening,'" she said nervously as she clinched her hands together in her lap.

Late Tuesday night, Police Chief Art McClung said another car was stolen not too far from the Riverwood subdivision and driven to Mobile, AL. McClung said Alabama state troopers chased the car back to Jackson County, leading to the arrest of five young men, two of which are being charged as adults for the crime.

"We figured that the ages ranged from 15 to 25 and that they were black males, and all of these were black males ranging from age 15 to 18," McClung said.

McClung said unfortunately around the holidays, there's a spike in crime. He's hoping people will take the time to be extra careful and protect themselves.

"Make sure you keep your valuables underneath your seat, in the truck, in the house. Other things you can do is turn your porch lights on, because we know that criminals like to hide in the shadows and the dark. So, at least if you don't see them, your neighbors will and they can call 911," McClung said.

McClung also tells WLOX News the investigation of the burglaries continues as multiple jurisdictions are involved. He also said more arrests are expected.

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