Deputies charge man in rash of burglaries in Adams County

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 29, 2001

A local resident was behind bars Tuesday in connection with a rash of house burglaries in Northwest Adams County.

Roger T. Davis, 19, 24 Kudzu Lane, was charged with five counts of burglary after being arrested Monday evening.

Deputies think Davis broke into houses during the day while the residents were at work. The burglaries took place around Broadmoor Road, Foster Mound Road and Country Club Drive near a residence where Davis stayed on Quitman Road.

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&uot;In this case he stole everything ranging from a large amount of guns to jewelry (to) money,&uot; said Adams County Sheriff Tommy Ferrell said. &uot;This puts a tremendous dent in the burglaries that were going on in that area.&uot;

Ferrell described the crimes as a rash or a rampage of burglaries that ran from July 30 to Aug. 24.

&uot;Anything above three (burglaries) we consider a rampage by one individual,&uot; Ferrell said.

And the fact that guns were involved also caught law enforcement’s attention, Ferrell said.

He estimated that several thousands of dollars in money and items were stolen during the burglaries including at least eight guns. Deputies identified Davis as a suspect with the help of an eyewitness, and his recent arrest by the Natchez Police Department for a traffic violation, Ferrell said.

After his arrest, deputies searched his car and found stolen items.

&uot;He was beginning to make a lot of mistakes,&uot; Ferrell said.

These included pawning merchandise, selling guns to street dealers and stealing a barrel full of about $500 in pennies. He then took the pennies to local bank to be sorted.

For the service, the bank opened an account for Davis, Ferrell said.

Davis also had a criminal record. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail for burglary in November 199.

The time was suspended in exchange for time in the state’s RID (inmate boot-camp) program. In November 2000, he was released on probation to Gulfport and later returned to Natchez.

&uot;(He’s) another career criminal,&uot; Ferrell said. &uot;We’ve had this guy back to juvenile age for theft.&uot;

Davis was being held without bond Tuesday.