4 arrested for car burglaries in Fair

By DUNCAN DENT

Three men and a minor have been arrested and charged in connection with a series of reported car robberies at the Neshoba County Fairgrounds over the weekend in which guns, cash and Other personal items were stolen, authorities said.

“The wave of burglaries at NCF couldn’t have struck at a more sensitive time,” Neshoba County Sheriff Eric Clark said as Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty kicks off Friday.

Sheriff’s deputies worked around the clock to investigate the case, said Clark. “We appreciate the off-duty local deputies serving as NCF security, the Philadelphia Police Patrolmen and the relationship we have with the two,” he said.

The following people have been arrested and charged with eight counts of burglary of a vehicle:

• Nicholas D. Green, 18, of 304 Cherry Avenue.

• Javarius D. Marshall, 18, of 100 Sistrunk Avenue.

• Antwone D. Smith, 18, of 10083 Road 145, Union.

• A minor who has not been identified has also been arrested and remains in detention.

Green also faces a charge of possession of a stolen firearm from Philadelphia police and a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge from Winston County.

Marshall and Smith were also charged with possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a controlled substance by Philadelphia police. Both charges are misdemeanors.

On Saturday, July 16, the Neshoba County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of cars being broken into at the fairgrounds, Clark said. Deputies discovered that a total of eight vehicles were allegedly broken into with missing personal property.

Three handguns, credit cards, debit cards, a bright flashlight, a checkbook, several wallets and cash were taken, Clark said.

Sheriff’s deputies received a tip from Fair Security that included a description of the vehicle and a tag number of a possible burglary suspect.

Deputies patrolled the area, where the vehicle was registered, Clark said. A traffic check was carried out on the suspect car, Sunday in the middle of the afternoon.

“The driver drove deputies to a nearby house, where residents helped unravel the car burglary case,” Clark said of the suspects. “A minor who lived in this residence was implicated in the burglaries.”

The other three suspects were already in custody. A Philadelphia police officer stopped a car Saturday night that had five handguns, debit cards, credit cards, ID cards and wallets in a backpack.

Sheriff’s deputies interviewed four suspects, which led to charges being laid against the four people involved.

“It is our mission at the Neshoba County Sheriff’s Office to protect life and property and promote public safety, thereby making Neshoba County a better place to live and to raise our families,” Clark said.

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