Police on hunt for burglar in Montebello subdivision

Published 12:06am Tuesday, July 16, 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the original version of this story, Natchez Lt. Craig Godbold incorrectly identified the Main Street Bar outside of which Craig Clements reportedly stabbed someone. Godbold also incorrectly gave Clements’ address. The current version of the story is correct.

NATCHEZ — Natchez police have arrested one man and are on the hunt for another in connection with recent burglaries in the Montebello subdivision.

Natchez Police Lt. Craig Godbold said Craig Clements, 26, 6 Longmire Road, was charged Sunday with burglary.

Clements was also recently indicted for aggravated assault for reportedly stabbing someone outside Dimples nightclub a few months ago, Godbold said.

Police are searching for Eric Patton, 23, whose last known address is 46 Cloverdale Drive, Godbold said. Patton is also wanted on a warrant for failure to complete a work-release program, Godbold said.

The two men, Godbold said, are believed to be responsible for three burglaries in Montebello, in which guns, jewelry, ammunition, a sword and televisions were stolen.

An Edgewood Road resident came home last week and reportedly found Clements rifling through his house, Godbold said. Clements’ truck was parked outside the house, and the resident slashed the tires with a butcher knife so Clements could not drive away, Godbold said.

Police found Clements a short time later, Godbold said, at his Oakwood Lane house.

After being arrested, Clements reportedly told police about Patton’s involvement in the burglaries, Godbold said.

Some of the stolen ammunition was reportedly recovered at Patton’s father’s house, Godbold said.

Police believe Patton knows law enforcement is searching for him, Godbold said, and may be trying to sell the stolen goods.

Anyone who has purchased goods from him is asked to turn them into the Natchez Police Department at 233 D’Evereux Drive. Anyone who turns in the stolen goods, Godbold said, will not be charged with a crime.

Godbold said, however, anyone caught with the goods will be charged with possession of stolen property.

Anyone with any information about the burglaries or Patton’s whereabouts should call NPD at 604-445-5565 or Crime Stoppers at 601-442-5000.

Crime Stoppers offers a reward up to $1,000 for a tip leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.