HED:Two arrested in separate auto theft incidents

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AUTHOR: STAFF

HED:Two arrested in separate auto theft incidents

Lee County authorities arrested two men on charges of vehicle grand larceny over the weekend.

Jimmy Clark, 33, of 550 Commerce St., West Point, was charged with the theft of a 1989 Freightliner tractor-trailer rig Saturday afternoon. Clark is a former employee of Milam Trucking, the Palmetto community company that owns the rig.

The $40,000 tractor-trailer was taken from the company yard about 6:00 p.m. Saturday and was driven to Graham Road, where it became stuck in mud, said Sgt. John Hall of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arrested Clark at the scene, charging him with vehicle grand larceny and DUI.

Kioko K. Betts, 21, of Route 6, Box 257, Tupelo, was charged with the theft of a 1994 Oldsmobile Achieva from the parking lot of a Palmetto Road convenience store. The theft occurred Sunday around 3:00 p.m. after a customer went into the store.

After seeing the car leave, the car’s owner and an acquaintance gave chase in the acquaintance’s car, following the stolen vehicle up the Natchez Trace to Cliff Gookin Boulevard. The driver of the fleeing car lost control and wrecked in front of Tupelo High School, where sheriff’s deputies arrested Betts.

Bond was set at $10,000 in each case.

-Errol Castens