3 teens jailed in thefts from 15 vehicles, house

Published 12:32 am Sunday, August 1, 2010

Two Vicksburg teens were charged Saturday with breaking into 15 vehicles and a home in south Warren County, and deputies recovered about $3,000 in stolen goods.

A third teen was charged with accessory after the burglary and credit card fraud.

Those arrested and being held in the Warren County Jail without bond are Bobby E. Bunton, 17, no address available; Malcolm R. Robertson, 19, and Latrice D. Wheatley, 17 109 Delta Dawn Circle, Sheriff Martin Pace said.

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Bunton and Robertson are accused in vehicle burglaries reported Thursday night and Friday morning along Glass and Hartley roads, Red Oak, Impala and Buford drives and Rocky Lane, said Warren County Deputy Chris Satcher, who is leading the investigation. Wheatley is charged with credit card fraud and accessory after the burglary, Satcher said.

He said Bunton and Robertson also are charged in a residential burglary in the 2100 block of Glass Road in which three credit cards were taken, possession of burglary tools and credit card fraud.

Satcher said the goods were recovered in a black duffle bag and large garbage bag that were found under a tree in a wood line between Demby and Buford drives.

“We received information from cooperative sources as to the whereabouts of the stolen items,” Satcher said.

Among recovered items were four GPS systems, a laptop computer, a vintage Michael Jordan basketball jersey, a machete, two hunting knives, a bow, a stereo, rare cigarettes and clothes.

“We’re early on in the investigation so we don’t know where some of this stuff came from,” Satcher said. “It’s a work in progress.”

Also, the teens were believed to have gone on a buying spree in which nearly $1,000 was charged on three stolen credit cards at Walmart and two gas stations on U.S. 61 South. Satcher said Walmart surveillance tapes showed the three teens making purchases.

They also face more charges in the Vicksburg city limits. Vicksburg police did not return calls for comment.

Satcher said more charges and more suspects might be added.

“City and county officers have been working together on this for several days,” Pace said, “and it looks like this investigation may solve numerous thefts in the county as well as within the city limits.”

The three are expected in court Monday.