Police: Missing leg helps identify Subway burglary suspect

Mervin Dedeaux. Image source: Picayune Police Department.
Mervin Dedeaux. Image source: Picayune Police Department.

PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) - Picayune police say they were able to identify a burglary suspect by his missing leg.

According to Jeremy Magri, assistant to the Picayune police chief, 36-year-old Mervin Dedeaux of Pass Christian turned himself in Thursday, July 25 because he was wanted for three counts of commercial burglary.

Magri said Dedeaux broke into two Picayune Subways and a mini-mart by reportedly shattering the front doors. Once he got in, Magri said, Dedeaux took an undisclosed amount of cash.

"We discovered who he was after looking at surveillance video from his first two burglaries. We learned he had a prosthetic leg," Magri said.

During the last burglary, Magri said, Dedeaux didn't have his prosthetic.

"Surveillance video showed him hopping very quickly through the store," Magri said.

Magri said that's when investigators learned they had the same suspect.

When asked why he stole the money, Magri said, Dedeaux said he needed it to pay off several debts.

Dedeaux is being held at the Picayune Police Department jail under a $60,000 bond, which is $20,000 for each count of commercial burglary, Magri said.

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