JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Ocean Springs police are working with Jackson County Sheriff's deputies to identify three masked men suspected of burglarizing two businesses just minutes apart Tuesday morning.
A little after 1am at the Shell station on Bienville Boulevard in Ocean Springs, three thieves pried their way into the store with their sights set on the ATM.
Surveillance footage obtained from Ocean Springs Police Department shows the masked men in the act. About 15 minutes later, they arrive in a white Ford Econoline van. The video does not show the men enter the building, but minutes later, they appear with what police believe was a safe on a dolly. Next, two of the men come out carrying the ATM. From there, they pack up and pull off, leaving the dolly behind.
"There was no alarm. Looking at the surveillance video they were in there about 20 minutes," said Captain William Jackson with the Ocean Springs Police Department.
The thieves didn't stop there. According to Captain Jackson, Jackson County Sheriff's deputies became involved after they were alerted to an alarm at Polk's Drugs on Washington Avenue. Video obtained from that store shows what appears to be the same men trying to pry their way in the door.
"Right now we just know it's three males. We know for sure it's three males. We believe they are African American, and that's all we have right now," said Jackson.
The ATM and safe from the Shell burglary have already been recovered. The owner of an auto body shop noticed them in the pond behind the business and alerted authorities.
"As far as the amount of money taken, we're not going to disclose the amount," said Jackson.
If you have any information that could help investigators solve these cases, please call the Jackson County Sheriff's Department at 228-769-3065, the Ocean Springs Police Department at 228-875-2211, or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.