A Friday arrest has identified the suspects in several local burglaries, including cases involving the homes of two Yazoo County deputies.
Wesley Carter, Tyler Miles and three juvenile suspects were all arrested after a resident noticed a burglary in progress in the county.
Sheriff Jake Sheriff said deputies were investigating a report of guns being stolen from a home in the county when they encountered the suspects.
A resident noticed a car backed up to a neighbor’s home and alerted the homeowner. The homeowner contacted the sheriff’s department after discovering that guns had been stolen from the residence.
“The resident was able to get a tag number, and we traced that vehicle to an address at Shady Lane Apartments,” Sheriff said. “We were looking for the vehicle there when a deputy spotted the vehicle on Broadway.”
When the deputy turned around, the suspects fled the vehicle on foot. Two of them were quickly arrested.
All of the suspects were eventually taken into custody.
The Yazoo City Police Department also assisted with the case.
Evidence of other burglaries quickly began to surface. The suspects dropped some items from the car that were taken in a recent burglary of the home of an investigator with the sheriff’s department.
More guns were also uncovered.
“A parent of one of the suspects led us to a home in Jonestown where we found over 10 stolen guns and two bows and arrows in cases,” Sheriff said.
Sheriff said deputies also found a handgun that one of the suspects tossed on Madison Street while fleeing.
“Another suspect admitted that there were stolen items at his residence on Charles Street,” Sheriff said. “We found two flat screen televisions hidden in a car on the property. Those televisions were stolen from a home in the city.”
Investigators then searched the home and found items that were stolen from a deputy’s home.
Sheriff said he expects the investigation to establish connections to other burglaries as well.
“It looks like the suspects were responsible for a lot of criminal activity in Yazoo County,” he said.
Police Chief Jeff Curtis said the suspects are also possibly connected to the burglaries of two businesses and two residences within Yazoo City, including the recent burglary of JR’s Hunting and Surplus store on 15th Street.
“We are working very hard to stop those kinds of burglaries within our community,” Curtis added.