Arrests made, items recovered in area burglaries

Published 5:00 am Thursday, April 25, 2002

Authorities say several arrests Wednesday will help solvemultiple burglaries in recent months in Lincoln, Lawrence, Pike andWalthall counties.

“It’s going to clear up burglaries in four different counties,”Lincoln County Sheriff Lynn Boyte said following the late Wednesdayarrests.

Boyte said at least three people, all from Pike County, werearrested after law enforcement got a break in the case due to aserial number of a piece of stolen merchandise.

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Two people were charged in connection with Lincoln Countyburglaries, but names and other information about the suspects wereunavailable. The suspects were being held at the Pike CountyJail.

“We’re still talking to some people and sorting through thetruckloads of stuff we recovered,” Boyte said.

With the serial number information, Boyte said InvestigatorSteve Rushing was able to trace the item to the owner through apawn shop. That activity led to Wednesday’s arrest warrant at somelocations in Pike County.

“It was doggone good work on his part,” Boyte said.

Authorities filled two moving company trailers with stolen itemsrecovered Wednesday, Boyte said. Also, two vehicles wereseized.

Boyte said the arrests involve about 15 burglaries in the fourcounties over the last few months.

“It may be more, but we know of that many,” Boyte said.

Burglaries in Lincoln County happened in an area betweenEnterprise, Ruth and Bogue Chitto. The sheriff mentioned burglarieson Pleasant Hill Drive, Cole Drive and Highway 583.

Items taken in the burglaries included personal Bibles,microwave ovens, children’s clothing, musical instruments, adigital camera and antiques. Boyte said most of the materials havebeen recovered.

“We got a good bit of our stuff, just about everything that wastaken in the last two to three months,” Boyte said.