Trio charged in burglary, cache of guns recovered

Published 6:36 pm Friday, April 27, 2018

Three people have been charged in the Thursday afternoon burglary of a home on U.S. 61 North near the Warren County/Issaquena County line, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said.

Willie Naylor, 28, 1429 Baldwin Ferry Road, and Davis Evans, 32, 3110 Washington St. are each charged with burglary in the afternoon break-in in which a gun safe containing seven rifles and a PlayStation 4 were taken. Gregory Davis, 48, 507 Third St., Delta, Louisiana, is charged with receiving stolen property.

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The gun safe and the rifles were recovered, as well as two rifles found in the house. Pace said the owners of the other guns seized have been contacted.

Authorities are looking for a fourth man who fled the house where Naylor, Davis and Evans were arrested. Pace declined to release the man’s name. He said the case remains under investigation and additional charges and arrests are possible.

Naylor was being held in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond. Davis’ bond is $15,000. Evans, who is wanted as a fugitive from Texas for armed robbery and is charged with possession of a controlled substance in Warren County, is being held without bond.

Naylor and Evans are accused of taking the safe and video game console from the home on U.S. 61 South, and fled the area before sheriff’s deputies responding to the burglary call arrived. Witnesses, however, were able to give the deputies descriptions of the vehicles the men were in. One of the vehicles, a black Mazda, was spotted later by Vicksburg police officer Bryant Covington parked off an alley behind a house at 3110 Washington St. and the sheriff’s office was notified.

Pace, who was the first county unit at the house, arrived to see one of the men looking at the safe, and saw two other men run into the house. A short time later he saw someone throwing rifles out of a window on the side of the house. Naylor and Evans and two other men who were found in the house were taken into custody. The other two men were not charged and released.

“Without the keen eye of a citizen and the cooperation of the Vicksburg Police Department, these arrests would not have taken place,” Pace said.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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