Citizen tips help police ID three wanted men

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, April 12, 2011

NATCHEZ — Thanks to a helpful citizen who witnessed a suspicious scene on the highway at approximately 4 a.m. Friday, Adams County Sheriff’s deputies have the names of three men suspected of burglarizing Bags N Beyond on U.S. 61 South.

Dimarco M. Johnson, 22, 50 Brenham Ave., Arveanious Smith, 236 Old Mississippi 553 and a 16-year-old are wanted in connection to the burglary of several clothing, jewelry, candy, snack and beverage items from the business.

Deputies nearly caught the burglars at the scene after a citizen called the sheriff’s office to report hearing an alarm at the business they heard while driving down the highway, Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said.

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A citizen copied down the license plate number of white Dodge Intrepid they saw parked outside the store at 1421 U.S. 61 North.

The white Intrepid was gone by the time deputies arrived at the scene four minutes later at 4:42 a.m., but deputies found evidence of the burglary.

Mayfield said deputies saw that the suspects attempted to dismantle TV sets but likely did not steal them because the alarm caused them to hurry.

Deputies then drove to the residence at 200-B Dumas Drive that matched the license plate number provided by the citizen.

“When police got there, (the suspects) went out back door,” Maj. Ricky Stevens said.

Stevens said the suspects were unloading items between the house and car when deputies arrived.

Deputies discovered several items in the car and inside the Dumas Drive residence that were allegedly stolen from Bags N Beyond.

Allegedly stolen items recovered from the car include 25 clothing items and four book bags.

Allegedly stolen items recovered inside the house included 26 clothing items, 58 Bud Light cans, 12 Natural Light cans, Sprite and Pepsi cans, multiple packages of several kinds of candy, snack foods, jewelry and a Relay for Life donation bucket filled with money.

Warrants were issued for Johnson, Smith and the minor for burglary of a business and possession of burglary tools.

Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said sheriff’s deputies are investigating whether the suspects of Friday’s burglary are involved in a recent string of five house and business burglaries occurring in the past three weeks.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the suspects should call the sheriff’s office at 601-442-2752.