Two Vicksburg men jailed in metal thefts

Published 11:35 am Friday, July 1, 2011

Two Vicksburg men were in the Warren County Jail this morning charged with grand larceny in the theft of metal items including an antique cast iron bathtub, Sheriff Martin Pace said.

Chris Harris, 36, 110 Division St., and Robert D. Davis, 39, 1606 Military Ave., are accused of stealing the bathtub along with a garden tiller and a lawn mower from a home in the 6600 block of Paxton Road, Pace said.

The men were attempting to sell the items at Vicksburg Recycling on North Washington Street when they were spotted by Deputy Mario Grady, said the sheriff.

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Pace estimated the value of the items between $1,000 and $1,500, but was not sure what they would have brought at scrap prices.

It was the third case this week in which fixtures were reported stolen from residences.

Wednesday, Vicksburg police arrested Michael Dewayne Davis, 33, 2501 Franklin St., on Jefferson Circle and charged him with the theft of bathroom fixtures from a house in the 300 block of Ford Road.

In a report filed Saturday at 10:32 a.m. in the 1100 block of Monroe Street, $500 in damage was done to a bathtub and two cast iron and porcelain sinks valued at $1,500 total were missing. The owner reported the items missing after he recovered them at Vicksburg Recycling. An arrest had not been made.

Pace said witnesses near the Paxton Road home had reported a suspicious vehicle pulling a trailer in the area. The items were still on the trailer when Grady located it at the recycling center, said Pace.

Harris and Robert Davis were being held without bond pending their initial hearing today. Harris, who was on probation from a previous conviction, initially gave deputies a fake name, Pace said. In addition to the Warren County charges he was being held for the Mississippi Department of Corrections for probation violation.