City man arrested in August burglary

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Vicksburg man was arrested Monday on a warrant for an auto burglary reported Aug. 18.

Travis L. Stewart, 29, 40 Dove Road, was picked up following a foot chase in the 1600 block of Cherry Street after a police investigator recognized him, police Sgt. Douglas King said.

Stewart is accused of breaking into a white 2004 Dodge Durango in a business parking lot at 887 U.S. 61 North and taking a purple and silver purse and a black LG cell phone valued at $440, King said.

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He was being held on $15,000 bond and for the Mississippi Department of Corrections at the Warren County Jail, King said.

Burglary, bad check reported in city

An automobile burglary and an uttering a forgery were reported in Vicksburg Monday, police Sgt. Randy Blake said.

A security guard at St. Aloysius High School, 1900 Grove St., reported seeing a thin black man wearing a green hoodie breaking into a 2006 Nissan Altima in the parking lot of the school at 1:48 p.m.

The man ran into the woods near Chestnut Street, and nothing was reported taken from the vehicle.

A $1,268 United Services Automobile Association insurance check was reported being cashed by someone other than the intended recipient at the Check Into Cash at 3046 Indiana Ave.

The victim told police that he had never received the check because the insurance company had mailed it to the wrong address.

4-wheeler reported stolen on U.S. 80

In Warren County, a 2009 Yamaha Grizzly 4-wheeler valued at $4,000 was reported stolen from a home in the 4500 block of U.S. 80 at 4:41 p.m. Monday.

6 students tapped in school vandalism

The cases of six juveniles have been referred to Warren County Youth Court following the discovery and report of spray-painted graffiti Sunday morning at Warren Central High School.

All six, ages 16 and 17, are students at the school, said Sheriff Martin Pace. Painting was found “around the building” and consisted of “derogatory statements” about some faculty members and students, but no threats were found, he said.

Deputies identified the suspects by Sunday evening and turned over their report to Youth Court Monday morning, Pace said. A copy was given to school officials as well.

“Our investigation shows this was an isolated incident involving these students and this school,” Pace said. “There is no indication that it was related to any other incident of school vandalism.” He said most of the paint used was water-soluble and was easily cleaned.

Both Vicksburg High School and Vicksburg Junior High were vandalized with black spray-painted graffiti early in August, just after the start of the school year. No arrests have been made in those cases, but “people of interest” have been identified, said school resource officer Randy Naylor.

Vicksburg Warren School District Superintendent Dr. James Price was unavailable for comment.