TUPELO – Lee and Itawamba county deputies executed search warrants at several locations, possibly ending a burglary ring that has plagued both counties since April.
Jeff Dickerson, 41, and Travis Spradling, 21, both of Mantachie, are charged with several counts of residential and commercial burglaries in Lee County. Dickerson’s bond was set at $100,000 and at $500,000 for Spradling.
Both currently are in the Itawamba County jail awaiting formal charges for burglaries committed in Itawamba County.
At least five meth labs were uncovered during the search warrants in Itawamba County, and Timothy Denton, 38, was charged with manufacturing meth.
The men were arrested last week. Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise was recovered from a rented warehouse in Lee County and another in Itawamba.
“We were getting hit so hard with these burglaries that we had to get them stopped,” said Johnson. “So we and Itawamba County put a lot of deputies out there to make these arrests. We had guys who came in on their days off to make this happen and it paid off.”
Several thousand dollars worth of equipment was recovered in the arrests. Lawn care items like yard trimmers and mowers, as well as jewelry, were recovered. But Johnson said there is a lot of merchandise that never will be recovered.
Johnson said the volume of what was taken leads him to believe that there are more people involved.
“We are still looking for other suspects with these crimes,” he said. “We still have work to do on it.”
Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson was not available for comment.
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