Arrests made in burglary ring
Two brothers and their sister, along with several others, werearrested recently and charged in connection with a series ofburglaries and thefts stemming back to June, authorities said.
Jason Darrell King, 19; Michael Paul King, 25; and ElizabethKing, 17, all of 102 Railroad St., remain in the Lincoln CountyJail awaiting grand jury appearances next week on multiple burglaryand grand larceny charges.
Also charged in the related incidents in Lincoln and Copiahcounties were Charlie Kentsley, 20, of 1175 Ridgewood Road,Hazlehurst; James Bradley Thompson, 22, of 1218 Walley Lane; andMisty Wooten, age unknown, of Hazlehurst.
Brookhaven authorities believe the “burglary ring” began June 3when Pat’s Snow Cones on West Congress Street was burglarized.
A cash register was taken with an undisclosed amount of money init, Brookhaven Investigator Roger Wilson said about the firstincident and charges against Jason King, Elizabeth King andKentsley.
“Through investigation, we found out they had (allegedly) buriedthe cash register in the ground off of School Street,” Wilsonadded, mentioning that the cash register was recently recoveredfrom that area.
Those three suspects have also been charged with burglary of achurch in connection with a window being broken and money beingtaken from Pearlhaven Baptist Church on Railroad Street on June 25,according to police reports.
The Aug. 23 theft of a soft drink machine from R&B One Stopon Main Street brought grand larceny charges against Michael King,Elizabeth King, Kentsley and Thompson, Wilson said.
“Approximately four days later, the machine was recovered from afield in Lawrence County. It had been broken open and torn intopieces,” Wilson said.
After making the arrests, Brookhaven authorities discovered thatthe Copiah County Sheriff’s Department had warrants for Kentsley,Michael King and Wooten for burglary and grand larceny of a softdrink machine at a store in the vicinity of the Strong HopeCommunity.
That machine was recovered in a creek near Cain Road in CopiahCounty.
“They have also been charged with stealing a bunch of fakejewelry out of the Cash and Carry Store on Sylvarena Road,” Wilsonnoted.
Wilson was thankful for the cooperation and assistance of theCopiah County Sheriff’s Department in connecting the cases.
“They helped us out and we helped them out. It was just a jointeffort,” he said.
Authorities are continuing to investigate other burglariesduring the time period surrounding the drink machine thefts andassorted burglaries. If anyone has information about crimes, callthe Brookhaven Police Department at 833-2424.