Burglar breaks into Bowie’s Tavern

Published 12:03 am Friday, May 22, 2015

NATCHEZ A Natchez man has been arrested for an early morning burglary on Wednesday at Bowie’s Tavern.

Garver Chatman, 54, 1479 Tucker St., Natchez, was charged with the burglary, which occurred at approximately 2 a.m. on Wednesday.

Natchez Police officers arrested Chatman after a brief foot chase.

Email newsletter signup

Natchez Police Department Detective Jerry Ford said Chatman entered Bowie’s by breaking a window on the Main Street side of the establishment. Once inside, Ford said Chatman damaged several cash registers and stole three bottles of alcohol.

No cash was in the registers at the time.

Ford said Chatman apparently cut his arm while entering the building, because drops of blood were found throughout the bar area.

“While he was inside the building, our officers had responded and found him inside the building,” Ford said.

After officers arrived, Ford said Chatman broke a window in the back entrance and fled on foot to an area beneath the crosswalk on Roth Hill, where he was arrested.

No one, besides Chatman, was injured in the incident.

Ford said he doesn’t have an estimate of damages done to Bowie’s, but thinks it was significant.

Malan Parks, operations manager for Bowie’s, said the bar and restaurant has replaced all damaged cash registers and replaced the front and rear windows.

Ford said, while Chatman has a Natchez address, he has been living in California, where he was also wanted for a similar offense of burglarizing a business.

Chatman is currently being held at the Natchez City Jail with no bond.