Homeowner’s heads-up interrupts crime, leads to arrest

Crime Stock By Errol Castens

Daily Journal

OXFORD – Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputies are crediting a heads-up from a homeowner for their success interrupting a burglary.

Investigator Alan Wilburn said a resident in The Lakes subdivision east of Oxford called the Sheriff’s Department at 1:48 p.m. Tuesday to report that an unfamiliar vehicle had come to her home but had driven away after realizing the home was occupied.

“Lots of times people see a suspicious vehicle and think a while about whether they ought to report it,” Wilburn said. “This time the homeowner called us immediately, and we responded immediately.”

Wilburn and Chief Deputy Scott Mills went to the subdivision and found a vehicle matching the description at another house, where a door was kicked in. Inside they found Allen Neasby, 32, of Oxford, hiding in a closet. Neasby was charged with burglary of a residence, possession of burglary tools and possession of methamphetamine.

“We get suspicious-vehicle calls regularly, but it’s usually after they’ve thought about it awhile,” Wilburn said. “Luckily, this homeowner thought fast and called us. We respond quickly, so if you see somebody suspicious, give us a call.”