Man facing auto theft charges

Published 7:57 pm Thursday, August 31, 2017

A A Belzoni man accused of trying to elude a Vicksburg police officer faces charges in Humphreys County for auto theft, police Sgt. Johnnie Edwards said.

Willie Tristin Rodgers, 19, was being held in the Warren County Jail waiting to be taken back to Humphreys County, Edwards said.

Rodgers was arrested Sunday for felony eluding at the intersection of Mission 66 and Martin Luther King Boulevard after trying to avoid the officer, who was attempting to stop him for speeding.

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After his arrest, officers learned Rodgers was driving a car reported stolen from Yazoo County when the car’s owner called police to ask about it. The Humphreys County Sheriff’s office sent a warrant for Rodgers’ arrest, and a “hold” was placed on him.

In other cases:

• A white Ford F-150 pickup was reported stolen about 5:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Cedar School Circle.

• Officers Wednesday were called to the Ameristar Casino, 4146 Washington St. after employees found a counterfeit $5 bill.

• Officers about 9:36 p.m. Tuesday recovered a 2017 Nissan Altima reported stolen from Jackson Wednesday. The car was found parked an abandoned behind the former Vicksburg-Warren County Health Clinic, 3312 Oak St.