Police looking for owners of recovered items

Published 9:02 pm Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Brookhaven police are asking for the public’s help to find the owners of property stolen from storage units in the city.

The items — which include electronics, tools and even a toddler bed safety rail — were found in the possession of two men arrested by McComb police Monday on related charges, said Brookhaven Police Department Detective Taylor Wells.

“They admitted to breaking into storage units in Brookhaven,” he said.

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Now police are trying to get it all back into the hands of the rightful owners.

Wells suggests that anyone who rents a storage unit in the Brookhaven area check to make sure it’s secure and all possessions are accounted for.

“If you find a lock that’s been cut, ask the owner of the establishment you are renting from if they have cut the lock for any particular reason, and depending on what they say, my next call would be the police department,” he said. “Let us come and we will open it together, that way if there’s any evidence that can be gathered we can do it before anybody gets in there.”

Police know at least two units were burglarized, but the thieves could have hit more.

Wells said units should be checked on a regular basis and any suspicious activity should be reported. A call to the police could help someone else from being victimized, he said.

Police are also seeing an increase in the number of counterfeit bills being passed in the area.

According to BPD’s social media, police are encouraging business owners and employees to be cautious when accepting cash payments in small denominations such as $100 bills and smaller.

Any suspicious behavior should be reported to BPD at 601-833-2424.