Burglars sought in cigarette theft

Published 9:48 am Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Two men who broke into a gas station late Monday on Mississippi 27 were being sought Tuesday.

At about 2 a.m., deputies received a call that the Shell station at 1795 Mississippi 27 had been broken into and “numerous cartons of cigarettes were missing,” Sherriff Martin Pace said.

“At the time of the report, store management couldn’t’ find anything missing except the cigarettes,” he said.

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Surveillance video released by the sheriff’s department shows two black men breaking into the store. One burglar, who is dressed in a red shirt and wearing a dark baseball cap, smashes the glass front door of the store with what appears to be a tire iron or small crowbar.

Then another burglar, also dressed in a red shirt and wearing khaki shorts, white shoes and what appears to be a knitted hat enters the building and fills a trashcan with cartons of cigarettes. The burglar who entered the store used the trashcan to cover his face as he passed a security camera.

Anyone with information about the burglary is encouraged to call the sheriff’s office at 601-636-1761 Crime Stoppers at 601-355- 8477. Callers to Crime Stoppers remain anonymous and do not have to testify in court. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest or recovery of stolen property.


Man charged with fifth DUI

A Vicksburg man who police say is a serial drunk driver was held Tuesday in the Warren County Jail.

Keith McClinton, 63, 202 Spring Ridge Drive, was arrested Sept. 9 and charged with fifth-offense driving under the influence, Vicksburg police Capt. Sandra Williams said.

He was arrested on a traffic stop for driving at night with no taillights on East Avenue near Cherry Street, Williams said.

McClinton was convicted of two counts of third-offense DUI in 2013. He was sentenced to two years on each count to run consecutively, according to court records.

He was held in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

However, at the time of his arrest, he was on probation with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. A probation revocation hearing had not been set Tuesday.


Battery, medical supplies missing

A vehicle battery and a suitcase filled with clothing and medical supplies were missing following two burglaries reported Monday in Vicksburg.

At 8:40 a.m. the battery was reported stolen from a 2000 Chevrolet 2500 truck in the 2000 block of Cherry Street, Vicksburg police Capt. Sandra Williams said.

At 11:25 a.m., a suitcase containing clothing, prescription drugs and a breathing machine were reported stolen from a 2006 Toyota Rav4 in the 4200 block of East Clay Street, Williams said.