Arrest clears six burglaries in three counties, sheriff says

Published 11:29 am Friday, November 11, 2011

The arrest of an Eagle Lake man is believed to have cleared six burglaries in Warren, Adams and Issaquena, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said.

“This arrest clears at least three burglaries in the Eagle Lake community, one on Boy Scout Road and burglaries in Issaquena and Adams counties,” Pace said.

Pace said Anthony Clark, 56, 101-A Sea Island Drive, will be charged with one count of trafficking stolen firearms, four counts of burglary and four counts of grand larceny in Warren County, and more charges could be filed Monday. He was in the Warren County Jail today on $45,000 bond. Pace said Adams County has placed a hold on Clark in a Nov. 4 burglary there.

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Detective Stacy Rollison, who investigated, said nine guns, an assortment of rifles and shotguns, were reported stolen Nov. 4 from a home in Adams County. A Glock Model 22 .40-caliber pistol, three shotguns and a hunting bow were reported stolen July 29 from a home on Boy Scout Road in Warren County. Another shotgun had been reported stolen from a home on Goose Lake Road in Issaquena County.

“We have recovered and accounted for all the firearms, and their owners have been notified,” she said.

Six of the weapons were recovered Thursday after a Warren County man who bought them and the bow from Clark turned them over to the sheriff’s department, Pace said. One of the guns was stolen in Adams County and another stolen in Issaquena County. The other four guns and the bow were stolen from Boy Scout Road.

“We called him and asked him to come in. He had papers from the sale,” Rollison said. “He thought it was legitimate.”

Detectives on Wednesday recovered six more guns stolen in the Adams County burglary when they served the search warrant that led to his arrest on Clark’s home in Eagle Lake.

Rollison knew Clark was a convicted felon and had talked to him about other incidents in the past, Pace said, adding that she learned that Clark had recently pawned two shotguns at a Jackson pawn shop. The guns were seized and a check of their serial numbers indicated that they had been reported stolen from Adams County on Nov. 4. Rollison then got the search warrant for Clark’s home.

Besides finding the guns, Rollinson, detective Todd Dykes and Lt. Randy Lewis found a sleeping bag, a case of shotgun shells and insect repellent taken from the home in Issaquena County where the shotgun was stolen.

“We found a card in the sleeping bag with a name and address and called the owner,” she said. “The burglary hadn’t been reported yet.”

The detectives also found an air compressor and Makita grinder reported stolen July 5 from a home in the 700 block of Mississippi 465, two climbing stands that were reported stolen Nov. 1 from the Steel Bayou Hunting Club in the 23900 block of Mississippi 465, and a battery charger reported stolen July 5 from a home in the 2100 block of Mississippi 465.