Arrests made in area burglary ring

Published 6:25 pm Friday, August 27, 2010

Three men are behind bars in Pike County, implicated in aburglary ring that may have targeted four counties, includingLincoln County, authorities said.

Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said Damon Hodges, 35, of 723Maddox St., McComb; Joseph Lee Reese, 18, of 1041 Elijah Lane,Summit; and Shavon Holloway, 17, 2143 Magee Road, Summit; were allin the Pike County Jail Friday after being charged with multiplecounts of burglary in connection with Pike, Franklin, Marion andLincoln county break-ins.

“They did two up here that we’ve charged them with,” Rushing said,indicating that officials are still recovering stolen property andthere could at some point be other cases to tie to the alleged ringas well.

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“We’re not sure at this point, they’ve been over three counties sothere are no more that we’re aware of, but we’re checking all ourothers,” he said. “We’re still in the process of recoveringproperty.”

Rushing said both Lincoln County burglaries were in homes in thesouthern part of the county, one on Auburn Road and one on FreemanRoad. He said they took place Aug. 12. He said they allegedly tookcomputers, gaming systems, jewelry and money in those two heists,but that in other counties they had taken some guns as well.

“We’ve been working with Pike in that they had some cases downthere that were similar to ours,” Rushing said. “On Monday,Franklin had one of theirs and were able to get some informationthat led them to the same group.”

A fourth suspect is being held in some of the same cases in othercounties, Rushing said, but he has not been implicated in theLincoln County burglaries. Meanwhile, authorities continue to worktogether to nail down the group’s handiwork.

“They were able to pick them up on their charges, and it went fromthere with all of us able to work together to clear up a lot ofthese charges,” Rushing said.

Holloway is a juvenile but is being charged as an adult. All threemen are in Pike County Jail, but are under holds for the LincolnCounty Sheriff’s Department, Rushing said.