Man charged in downtown business burglary

Published 12:04am Saturday, March 29, 2014

NATCHEZ — Police are expecting to charge a Natchez man in connection to a burglary of a downtown business, and they are continuing their investigation into another burglary of a downtown residence.

Bruce Cauthen, 56, 644 E. Stiers Lane, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for contempt of court.

Natchez Police Department Lt. Craig Godbold said Cauthen is the prime suspect in a burglary officers responded to Wednesday on Main Street at Sturgeon & Sturgeon Law Office.

NPD officers responded to the downtown business and found the front door had been busted and a piece of concrete was laying by the door, according to the police report.

A Sigsauer 380 caliber pistol was reported missing from the business.

Cauthen will be charged with burglary as well as forgery.

“During the burglary, (Cauthen) wound up with some checks that he cashed,” Godbold said. “We were not able to recover the weapon.”

NPD officials are also investigating a Tuesday burglary of a South Pearl Street house, where two firearms were reported stolen.

The homeowners reported a Ruger Colt 45 pistol and an H&R 22 pistol missing from their house.

Godbold said he does not believe the burglaries are linked, and no suspects have been identified for the residential burglary.