Newest business burglaries not believed linked to string|[2/22/06]

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Three business burglaries reported during the weekend on Interstate 20 frontage roads are not believed related to a string of break-ins during January, most of which remain unsolved, police said.

Lt. Billy Brown of the Vicksburg Police Department said the suspect charged Feb. 8 in five of 37 business break-ins in the same vicinity is not believed to be connected to break-ins reported Saturday, Sunday and Monday at New Health Chiropractic Center at 1825 N. Frontage Road, Doc’s Wholesale at 1890 S. Frontage Road and at Watkins’ Nursery at 3698 S. Frontage Road.

Brown also said Darrah Williams, 38, 742 Dabney Ave., remains the only suspect in the string of January burglaries.

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He was charged Feb. 3 in break-ins at The Ivy Place on North Frontage Road and Toney’s Restaurant, the dental office of Dr. Robert Sadler and CDS Home Care, all on Mission 66, and River Outfitters on Halls Ferry Road.

In addition to Mission 66, the string of January burglaries targeted businesses along Indiana Avenue, Halls Ferry Road, both frontage roads and Pemberton Square Boulevard.

After Williams was picked up on a misdemeanor warrant on Feb. 1, police found a switchblade in his car and charged him with felony possession of a weapon. He was out on parole from the Mississippi Department of Corrections at the time of the arrest and had been scheduled to be returned to Parchman but remained at the Warren County Jail.

&#8220There are no other suspects in the other burglaries at this time,” Brown said Tuesday. &#8220Williams has not been linked physically to any of the other burglaries and I don’t believe that he worked with anyone else.”