Guntown resident charged in burglaries

TUPELO – A Guntown man is charged in connection with a rash of auto burglaries in Lee County.
Phillip Pepper, 20, is charged with 12 counts of auto burglary in Tupelo and Lee County. His bond was set at $300,000.
Pepper was arrested by the Itawamba Community College Tupelo Campus Police on Wednesday after a student said she saw a man looking inside cars on campus.
Police said the student took down the tag number of the vehicle the man was driving and gave it to police.
Authorities set up surveillance in the parking lot, said Campus Police Chief Ricky Brasel, and Pepper was arrested. Brasel said several items taken from reported auto burglaries were found in Pepper’s possession.
Pepper is charged with three auto burglaries in Tupelo and four more in Lee County. He is charged with five on the ICC campus.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said none of the burglarized automobiles were damaged. He said the suspect targeted only vehicles with unlocked doors.
Authorities are looking into other reports of auto burglaries in the area.
Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.

Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal