Teens charged with downtown burglaries

Published 12:14 am Friday, April 19, 2013

NATCHEZ — Three teens have been charged in connection with the recent rash of burglaries in downtown Natchez.

Natchez Detective Jerry Ford said Kelvin L. Abraham Jr., 18, 609 Maple St., was charged Thursday with eight counts burglary of an inhabited dwelling.

Diquan D. Seal, 18, 451 W. Stiers Lane, was charged with accessory after the fact to burglary.

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A 16-year-old male was charged as a juvenile with one count of burglary, Ford said.

Abraham reportedly confessed to 11 burglaries, Ford said, after he was taken into custody Monday. Police apprehended Abraham after a resident inside the North Pearl Street house Abraham allegedly was attempting to burglarize spotted the man peeking inside.

More charges against Abraham are expected, Ford said.

Ford said there have been 12 reported burglaries in the downtown area in the past three months, but he said one of those burglaries was determined not to be an actual burglary.

Abraham reportedly broke into houses on North Pearl, North Union and Madison streets, Ford said.

Abraham had been stashing stolen TVs in some shrubbery on Madison Street and would return to get them when he had found someone to buy them.

Seal was reportedly arranging buyers for the TVs but did not assist in the actual burglaries, Ford said.

The 16-year-old, Ford said, reportedly accompanied and assisted Abraham on one of the burglaries.

Ford said police are relieved to have caught those responsible for the burglaries.

“Our officers did a really good job, working hard to stay in the area where they were able to apprehend (Abraham),” he said. “Everyone at this police station is very relieved to have gotten this person.”