Two men held in smash-and-grab burglaries

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 9, 2009

Two Vicksburg men dubbed the smash-and-grab burglars who were being sought for a string of business burglaries on U.S. 61 North and South in the spring are in custody.

Jeremy Mazie, 20, and Derrick Williams, 30, 902 Blossom Lane, were arrested on Oct. 5 in Columbus, Ohio, on other charges and then found to have outstanding warrants in Vicksburg, Lt. Bobby Stewart of the Vicksburg Police Department said.

It is not known what the initial arrest was.

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Mazie was returned to Vicksburg police at 5 this morning, and Williams will be returned later, Stewart said.

Both will be charged with four business burglaries  at Port Mart Texaco, 1775 N. Washington St.; Dollar General, 4000 U.S. 61 South; Jubilee Smoke Break, 4749 U.S. 61 South; and 61 Quick Stop, 5738 U.S. 61 North.

Mazie also was charged with statutory rape in Vicksburg in October, said Stewart.

The two also are suspects in other burglaries in the city and county, he said.

Stewart said in April that investigators estimated more than 100 cartons of cigarettes, 13 cases of beer, cash registers and nearly $4,000 in merchandise were missing in the business burglaries reported in the city during April.

Other burglaries include Zips, 887 U.S. 61 North; BP gas station, 3595 U.S. 61 South;  Chevron gas station, 4306 Halls Ferry Road; and burglaries reported March 21 and April 9 at Honeyz, Scentz & Fashionz, 3427 Halls Ferry Road, in which police had arrested Williams’ girlfriend, Tameka Gross, 30, 156 Elizabeth Circle, on April 29. She was charged her with receiving 32 pairs of jeans taken during those burglaries. She had been released on a $10,000 bond.

Separately, Williams was also wanted in an armed robbery on April 3 at Occasions Wine and Spirits, 989 U.S. 61 North, in which Trent Reynolds, 25, 1501 1/2 Lane St., was arrested.

Mazie was held at the police department awaiting an initial court appearance this morning.

City man jailed for meth in truck

A Vicksburg man was in the Warren County Jail accused of cooking methamphetamine in the back of his truck.

Joseph Newman, 35, 540 Old Cain Ridge Road, was arrested at 2:41 p.m. Sunday after being stopped for a traffic violation in the 5300 block of Gibson Road, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said.

Pace said as the deputy approached the vehicle, he was able to see a small bag of narcotics, which led to a full search of the vehicle.

A more thorough search found an active meth lab in the form of a single canister, known as the shake-and-bake method, in the bed of the 1992 Toyota pickup, Pace said.

Newman was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and a separate misdemeanor, Pace said.

Newman was being held without bond.