Natchez police investigate car burglaries

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 15, 2010

NATCHEZ — Natchez police are investigating two car burglaries that occurred within 30 minutes of each other early Wednesday morning.

At 2:21 a.m., an unknown suspect shattered the right passenger window of a 2003 black Toyota Camry parked on Oak Court. According to police reports, a brown Coach purse worth $250 and $250 in cash were stolen from the vehicle.

Officers later discovered a brick was thrown through the passenger window, and landed in the driver’s seat.

The owner of the vehicle, who declined to reveal her name to The Democrat, said she did not see the suspect. However, the owner said she did hear her car alarm sound around the time of the burglary.

A witness claims she saw a black male between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall wearing dark jeans and a white T-shirt fleeing the scene toward Maple Street, according to police reports.

The witness attempted to follow the suspect in her car, but lost sight of him.

The second car burglary occurred at 2:55 a.m. in the 900 block of North Union Street, where officers discovered a large rock laying the passenger seat of a 2002 silver Chevrolet Impala. The front driver’s-side window was shattered.

Only one item was reported stolen — a GE digital camera.

Lt. Craig Godbold said Wednesday he doubts the incidents are tied to the recent string of car burglaries in neighborhoods along U.S. 61 South.

Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to arrest 45-year-old suspect Willie Edward Knight at his Tubman Circle house Monday, but Knight ran into the woods and escaped.

“We don’t believe it’s the same suspect the sheriff’s office is investigating because it’s a totally different area,” Godbold said. “We don’t think it’s (Knight), but we’re not ruling anything out.”

Knight, who is also known as “Tight Knight,” is a registered sex offender and has a criminal record in Adams County dating back to 1977.

Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said in a previous report Knight has been a person of interest since the start of the ACSO’s investigation.