Rash Of Burglaries Strike Bay St. Louis, Waveland Area

This Bay St. Louis Pharmacy is the latest business to be burglarized in town. It happened late Thursday night. The pharmacy is just one of seven homes and business hit since last Friday.

Police arrested a teenager for the burglary of the pharmacy. Officers say they caught up with him in a neighborhood near the business. Police say they found a variety of prescription pills on the teenager.

"One thousand, two hundred and fifty-five, to be exact," Tom Burleson, chief detective for the Bay St. Louis Police Departm

Police say he told them he had planned to sell them at the college he attends. Burglars have also hit neighboring city Waveland over the past week.

"Out of the two burglaries out of one house, all they did was look," Waveland Police Chief Jimmy Varnell said. "It appeared they ransacked the house to look for stuff. They didn't actually take anything. The other burglary, we just had a video camera taken, so we're very lucky that it wasn't a lot of merchandise they took out

"We're following some leads at this time. We're working along with Waveland, and we got a call from Pass Christian today. These same people may be involved in all three jurisdictions," Detective Burleson said.

Police say while they search for the thieves, there are some things homeowners can do to protect their property.

"I suggest if you can afford an alarm and security system to invest into it. Also, when you leave your home for work, make sure it's locked. Invest in a dead bolt. It's not going to keep anyone from going in, but it makes it a little hardier for t

Police also say dormant Neighborhood Watch programs should be reactivated.

"If you're going to be gone for a day or so, let your neighbor know you're leaving or call the police department and we'll put your house on extra patrol," Chief Var

Meanwhile police say officers have been instructed to heavily patrol all neighborhoods.

By Al Showers

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