Burglary case sent to grand jury, men still in jail

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 2, 2008

NATCHEZ — The man fitting the description of the burglar responsible for a string of home-invasion burglaries this winter appeared in court Tuesday.

John Arthur Thomas, 41, and another man, Daniel Butler, 26, were arrested in March on burglary charges.

They have not been charged with any additional crimes in connection with the home-invasion burglaries.

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Thomas, 130 Ruby Road, Ferriday and Butler, 354 Doty Road, Ferriday were bound over to the grand jury at their preliminary hearing Tuesday.

No bond was set because both men have parole holds from the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

Police Chief Mike Mullins said the Natchez Police Department will present their case to the Adams County Grand Jury.

Mullins has yet to say that the men were responsible for the high profile burglaries in town, but he did say they fit the bill.

Thomas was arrested when walking down Auburn Avenue at 2:30 a.m. with a flashlight and a screwdriver in his pocket.

He was charged with felony possession of burglary tools.

He was then later charged with two counts of car burglary when searches of his car and home seized evidence linked to two car burglaries in the St. Charles Street area in November.

Butler was arrested at the same time as Thomas when he was found driving slowly on Magnolia Avenue and was charged with not having a driver’s license.

He was later picked up on probation violation on Mississippi parole for possession of cocaine. After he was picked up he was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary. Thomas also has 13 prior burglary-related charges in Louisiana.