Deputies arrest suspected Evergreen robbers, Golden meth-makers

Deputies with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department have arrested three men accused of breaking into an Evergreen grocery store and stealing $200 worth of cigarettes.

According to Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson, Robert M. White, 19, of 5056 Purnell Road, Belden; Timothy Shawn Teeters, 18, of 1743 Highway 371 North, Mooreville; and Justin Allen Darby, 20, of 1300-A Palmetto Road, Verona, were arrested on May 23 and charged with the breaking and entering of a commercial building.

All three suspects were given an initial appearance before Itawamba County Justice Court Judge Barry Davis and issued individual bonds in the amount of $20,000 each.

As of Friday, all three suspects were still being held in the Itawamba County Jail.

The suspects are accused of an early morning break-in at Moore’s Evergreen Grocery on Highway 371 South on Tuesday, May 22. Allegedly, the three men — all of whom are visible on surveillance footage taken at the store — spent approximately 30 minutes trying to break in the front door of the grocery store sometime between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. During this time, the store’s alarm system sounded, alerting law enforcement officials to the crime.

Dickinson said that the suspects fled the scene in a late 90s model four-door Chevy Blazer.

Prior to the break-in, the suspects were allegedly pulled over by a deputy with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department, who recorded the vehicle’s tag number. After the robbery, it took investigators less than 12 hours to track down the suspects.

Meth-maker bust

Officials with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department have arrested two suspects accused of manufacturing meth in their Golden-area home.

Derrick Bradley Gassaway, 31, and Scotty D. Gassaway, 41, both of 361 Gassaway Road, Golden, were arrested on May 23 and charged with attempting to manufacture crystal methamphetamine. Both have been released from jail on $5,000 bonds.

According to Sheriff Dickinson, the suspects were arrested following an anonymous tip. When deputies investigated the suspects’ home, they allegedly found both Gassaways cooking crystal methamphetamine on the back porch.

The sheriff said the arrest was proof that a good working relationship with the community can pay dividends.

“We’re only as good as the people we serve,” Dickinson said. “This is a perfect example of that.”

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