Three arrested in Fairview area burglary

Matthew Graham

Matthew Graham

Three suspects have been charged in connection with a Fairview area burglary that robbed a man of his life savings.

Authorities have arrested Matthew Graham, 43, of Fulton; Danny Grimes, 50, of Smithville; and Junior Hood, 65, of Millport, Ala. and charged each with conspiracy to commit a crime and burglary of a dwelling. The arrests took place Monday and Tuesday nights.

Danny Grimes

Danny Grimes

The three men are accused of being connected with the early July break in at the house at 925 Saddle Club Road, Golden, home of Wayne Cleveland, where they allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from his safe. The exact amount has not been released.

Graham is the former son-in-law of the victim. The other two suspects are allegedly family friends of his.

Itawamba County Justice Court Judge Barry Davis set each suspect’s bail at $500,000. They are all currently being held in the Itawamba County Jail.

According to Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson, evidence related to the case is still being processed and more arrests may follow.

“This is a very big investigation; we’ve had a lot of evidence to sort,” Dickinson said. He referred to the investigation as being “very deliberate.”

Jessie Hood

Junior Hood

“We’ve had to follow a lot of different strings, then try to make them all connect,” he said. The initial pool of suspects, he added, included more than 50 people. Graham was a part of that initial group, though the other two suspects were not.

The sheriff said investigators with the district attorney’s office are currently investigating money believed to have been taken from Cleveland’s property, although less than the amount reported stolen.

For more information, see the Oct. 23 edition of The Itawamba County Times.

About Adam Armour

Adam Armour has been writing and taking photographs for "The Itawamba County Times" since 2005. His words and pictures have earned 18 Mississippi Press Association Awards, including several "Best of" category recognitions. He has written and independently published one novel and is currently working on a second.

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