3 teens held in vehicle burglaries

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 2, 2009

A 15-year-old Warren Central High School student was arrested this morning, three days after two other teens were picked up, and police believe all three are involved in a rash of car burglaries reported in two neighborhoods a week ago today.

Vicksburg police Lt. Bobby Stewart could not identify the teen arrested this morning and charged with possession of a stolen Gateway laptop computer valued at $1,000 because of his age but said he was in the Warren County Youth Detention Facility.

Arrested Friday and remaining in the Warren County Jail this morning were David Simms, 18, 15 Carroll Place, Apt. 2502, and DeMichael Jones, 17, 303 Hillside Drive. Both were picked up at Simms’ home at 1:30 p.m. and charged with two counts of possession of stolen firearms.

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Sixteen burglaries were reported in Marion Park subdivision, off Cain Ridge Road and U.S. 61 South, and Hillcrest Subdivision, off U.S. 61 South.

In the Friday arrests, police recovered a Remington .45-caliber stolen from a 1997 Chevrolet Silverado in the 300 block of Warren Street in Marion Park and a Lorson .380-caliber handgun reported stolen from the 300 block of Katherine Drive in Hillcrest, Stewart said.

“They were arrested after police received information that they might be in possession of the weapons,” said Stewart.

The laptop, which was found in a bedroom at Simms’ apartment, had been reported missing from a 2009 Toyota Camry stolen from the 600 block of Cain Ridge Road at 7:50 a.m. on Oct. 26. The car was recovered about an hour later behind a business in the 50 block of Halls Ferry Park Drive, Stewart said.

On that same day, two vehicles were reportedly burglarized in Hillcrest and 14 in Marion Park. Stewart said he believes all the burglaries are related, and noted additional charges might be filed against Simms and Jones. Possession of stolen firearms carries a maximum 10-year sentence, said Stewart, while possession of stolen goods carries a maximum of five years.

Stewart said police are still searching for at least two unidentified suspects in the break-ins.

In the burglaries in Marion Park, cars were hit in the 300 and 500 blocks of Warren and Longview streets and the 600 block of Santa Rosa. Guns, cash, cell phones and electronics were missing. Several vehicle owners reported cars entered but nothing missing.


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