Area law enforcement has made several arrests in apparently unrelated crimes alleged to have occurred in or around Chickasaw County over the past several weeks.
HOULKA – The Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department has made three arrests following the burglary of a home on West Moss Furniture Road just outside of Houlka.
The trio allegedly broke into the home and took a 42-inch television, PlayStation and jewelry.
“We got a tip and went to their house and found the TV,” said Sheriff’s Investigator J.R. Kilgore. “They are also believed to have been involved in a burglary in Calhoun County and face charges there.”
Arrested in connection with the Houlka break-ins and their charges were:
• Walter Cody Tutor, 21, of Derma, breaking and entering.
• Chelsey Michelle Noah, 18, of Calhoun County, breaking and entering.
• William Randall Tutor, 19, of Calhoun County, breaking and entering.
The Tutors were being held in the Calhoun County Jail. Noah was being held in the Chickasaw County Jail.
Stop prompts arrest
WOODLAND – A Webster County man wanted for questioning in connection with crimes in three counties was picked up by Chickasaw County law enforcement Saturday afternoon.
John Curtis Williams, 27, was transported to Calhoun County currently and was questioned in the case of one burglary and two grand larceny charges, according to Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan.
Pollan said Williams has a hold placed on him from the Mississippi Department of Corrections, in addition to being wanted by Webster and Yalobusha counties’ law enforcement for various charges.
Pollan said he was spotted by sheriff’s deputies in a stolen pickup truck on Highway 15 near Houston.
OKOLONA –The Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department has made four arrests in a series of burglaries, with divers called in to recover some of the loot.
Two homes on Forrest Street were burglarized about two weeks ago with guns, jewelry, watches and money stolen in the break-ins. It is believed that as authorities began developing suspects, the guns were taken to a pond off of Highway 45 in eastern Chickasaw County and dumped.
“I want to thank the Monroe County Search and Rescue volunteers for searching about a 10-acre lake and finding what we were looking for,” said Andy Harmon, investigator with the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department. “Finding that evidence helped us make these arrests.”
Arrested in connection with the Forrest Street break-ins and their charges were:
• Billy “BJ” Bailey Jr., 20, of Okolona, three counts of breaking and entering.
• Terrell Welch, 26, of Okolona, one count of breaking and entering.
• Antwon Grady, 20, of Okolona, three counts of breaking and entering.
• Neisha Hill, 22, of Okolona, accessory after the fact.
Sheriff’s Investigator J.R. Kilgore said the break came when one of suspects tried to sell one of the guns allegedly stolen in the break-ins.
“We have recovered all the guns, the jewelry and gold coins taken in the burglary, but are still looking for the watches,” said Kilgore. “Anyone who knows anything about the watches is advised to call the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department or Crimestoppers.”
Kilgore estimated the value of the items stolen at more than $10,000.
Vardaman robbery prompts arrests
VARDAMAN – Five people have been charged following an alleged strong-armed robbery Sunday night, May 26, near a downtown business.
Vardaman Police Chief Kenneth Scott said the victim was assaulted in an alleyway between the Ram Shack and Furniture Wood Inc., where he was choked and his wallet taken.
“We later went to an address at CR 437 and arrested one man, who was in possession of the victim’s ID, and recovered the money,” said Scott. “The robbery occurred about 8:30 p.m. and we made our first arrest about 9 p.m.”
Scott said a Hispanic male was lured between the buildings, assaulted and robbed. He said the victim then went to his employer, who contacted authorities.
Scott said Antonia Johnson, 21, was arrested at the CR 437 location. He said further investigation led to charges being filed on Ira Holmes, 19, Evander Holmes, 19 and a 15-year-old male juvenile and 17-year-old male juvenile in connection with the robbery on Memorial Day Monday.
The adults were charged with strong arm robbery and were placed in the Calhoun County Jail. The juveniles were released to their parents and are awaiting action by Calhoun County Juvenile Court judges.
“We don’t usually have this kind of thing happen in Vardaman and we were glad to make these arrests so quickly and get these guys off the street,” said Scottt. “I want to thank the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department for making the initial contact that led to the first arrest.”