JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Pascagoula police arrested and charged 21-year-old Joshua Wayne Broadus of Pascagoula with one count of stolen property. Police are still searching for 31-year-old Gary Raymond McLain Jr. of Gautier.
Police began looking for the two Tuesday morning while investigating a report of a stolen boat out of Gautier. Captain Doug Adams with the Pascagoula Police Department says officers were dispatched to the Lighthouse Boat Launch around 7 a.m.
Adams says when officers arrived and attempted to question Broadus and McLain, they took off in a small boat headed north up the river.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office assisted Pascagoula in searching for the two. Deputies from JCSO spotted the boat and attempted to stop it as they fled the area north towards Krebs Lake.
Adams says at some point the two men split up. One stayed on the stolen boat and the other got into an 18 ft Boston Whaler, which was stolen from a waterfront home out of Moss Point. Tuesday morning.
That boat was stolen from Robbie Steiner.
After calling the police to file a report and making a Facebook post, Steiner jumped into his brother-in-law’s boat and spent the next five hours hunting for his custom-made whaler.
“Went all through Graveline... and so, every time I saw a Gautier cop, sheriff’s department, Coast Guard, I’m flagging every one of them down, telling them I’m the owner and showing them pictures of it,” Steiner explained.
By this time, officers with the MS Department of Marine Resources, United States Coast Guard and Gautier Police Department along with the JCSO and Pascagoula police became involved in the search to find the two males. Pascagoula K9 units and the helicopter from JCSO also assisted in the search.
Officers continued searching the area from the mouth of the Pascagoula River all the way to Mary Walker Bayou after tips from residents started pouring in.
After several hours of searching, officers and the helicopter focused on “Rabbit Island”. That’s where Broadus was spotted by the helicopter around 12:30 p.m. He was taken into custody by officers on the island and transported to the Pascagoula Police Department.
Since the start of the investigation, police have recovered stolen boats from Pascagoula, Moss Point and Gautier.
Another Jackson County resident Corey Harris also reports that his 19-foot Twin Vee boat was taken from a lift at Mary Walker Bayou in Gautier sometime overnight Monday.
If you have any information on McLain call the Pascagoula Police Department 762 2211 or MS Coast Crime Stoppers at 877 787 5898