By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Three men charged with six burglaries in the city of Oxford now face charges in connection with six more break-ins in rural Lafayette County.
Emmanuel Wallace, 25, of Memphis, Tenn; Jerry Johnson, 22, of Coldwater; and Lamarcus Ezell, 24, of Vardaman were arrested Tuesday night in a joint search warrant execution by officers with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department, Oxford Police Department and Lafayette County Metro Narcotics. Oxford Police Department charged them with six counts each of house burglary on Thursday.
Sheriff’s Investigator Scott Mills said that county charges were added Friday morning after several days’ examination of the evidence confiscated from the home the men were occupying at 145 Twin Gates Drive in Oxford.
“We’re charging all three of those guys with six counts of house burglary,” he said. “There will also be a charge of possession with intent to distribute more than an ounce of marijuana.”
Mills said the new charges represent at least six more burglaries in scattered parts of Lafayette County to which the confiscated property was connected.
“They were getting us from the areas of Taylor, Pine Flat, where they were living in Twin Gates, old Highway 7 North and the College Hill area,” he said.
The trio is believed to have engaged in an extensive sale of stolen items beginning in September, and authorities are asking for the public’s cooperation in recovering the property.
“If these individuals will contact us and surrender the items – a lot of electronics and guns as well – they won’t be in any kind of trouble,” Mills said. Those who don’t voluntarily turn in items that turn out to be stolen could face their own charges of buying stolen merchandise.