Arrests made in auto burglary cases

Published 12:15 am Sunday, January 6, 2019


NATCHEZ — The Natchez Police Department arrested a man Thursday morning in connection with four different automobile thefts, including one stolen vehicle that was crashed into the porch of a house on Oakland Drive on Wednesday night before the suspect fled on foot, officials said.

Detrevious Washington, 19, was essentially homeless and living with a friend at the time of his arrest, said Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong.

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Armstrong said officers responded to a call about a stolen 2004 Ford F150 that had been taken from the parking lot of Keyway Laundromat on D’Evereux Drive, where the owner of the vehicle reportedly left her keys on a table in the building and walked outside to put her clothes in her vehicle when she realized her vehicle was missing.

Later that night at approximately 7:30 p.m., Armstrong said officers responded to another call in reference to a reckless driver and made contact with the vehicle after it crashed into the rail of the front porch to a residence on Oakland Drive.

The driver reportedly ran into the woods on foot after crashing the vehicle, Armstrong said.

Investigators believe Washington is connected to at least three other vehicles that were stolen, said Natchez Police Capt. Scott Frye.

“He started his spree … on Dec. 8,” Frye said.

On Dec. 8, two vehicles were found that had been taken from Global Auto Mart on D’Evereux Drive, Frye said.

One of them, a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta, was found parked at Zipy Foods convenience store on Old Washington Road, Frye said, and the driver reportedly ran from the store when he saw the police.

The same day, the other vehicle, a 2005 Nissan Murano, was found at North Natchez Youth Center locked and running with no one inside, Frye said.

Officers arrested Anthony White, 36, at Zipy’s, who they believe assisted Washington with the theft of the vehicles, Frye said.

White was arrested on a single charge of motor vehicle theft, Frye said.

On Dec. 12, a 2017 Kia Sol was reported stolen from Jeffersonian Apartments on T. Waring Bennett Jr. Road. The Kia was recovered the same afternoon at Sprint Mart on East Franklin Street, Frye said.

“The description of the suspect in that incident was confirmed to match the description of the suspect on Dec. 8,” Frye said, adding that investigators were able to identify the suspect as Washington and issue warrants for his arrest.

Officers received information regarding Washington’s location on Thursday morning and arrested him on a charge of commercial burglary and four counts of auto theft, Frye said.

“(Washington) has demonstrated that he is a chronic thief, not showing any signs of letting up, and the best place for him is incarceration for a very long time in order to keep our community safe,” Armstrong said. “He doesn’t need to be on the streets.”