By Floyd Ingram/Chickasaw Journal
OKOLONA –The Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department has made four arrests in a series of burglaries, with divers called in to recover some of the loot.
Two homes on Forrest Street were burglarized about two weeks ago with guns, jewelry, watches and money stolen in the break-ins. It is believed that as authorities began developing suspects the guns were taken to a pond off of Highway 45 in eastern Chickasaw County and dumped.
“I want to thank the Monroe County Search and Rescue volunteers for searching about a 10-acre lake and finding what we were looking for,” said Andy Harmon, investigator with the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department. “Finding that evidence helped us make these arrests.”
Arrested in connection with the Forrest Street break-ins and their charges were:
• Billy “BJ” Bailey Jr., 20, of Okolona, three counts of breaking and entering.
• Terrell Welch, 26, of Okolona, one count of breaking and entering.
• Antwon Grady, 20, of Okolona, three counts of breaking and entering.
• Neisha Hill, 22, of Okolona, accessory after the fact.
Sheriff’s Investigator J.R. Kilgore said the break came with one of suspects tried to sell one of the guns allegedly stolen in the break-ins.
“We have recovered all the guns, the jewelry and gold coins taken in the burglary, but are still looking for the watches,” said Kilgore. “Anyone who knows anything about the watches is advised to call the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department or Crimestoppers.”
Kilgore estimated the value of the items stolen at more than $10,000.