Oxford seeks leads on burglary suspect

OXFORD – Oxford police want the public’s help locating a suspect in a rash of burglaries that has put area residents on edge.
Last week investigators from the Oxford Police Department and Lafayette County Sheriff Department searched a residence on Woods Road, off Old Highway 7 North, where they said they recovered a trove of reportedly stolen property, including TVs, computers, firearms, games, DVDs, cameras and other items.
“I can connect those items with at least 13 burglaries within the city,” Police Chief Mike Martin said. Since the recovery of merchandise from the house on Woods Road, police have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Christopher B. Kirkwood, 27, of Oxford.
“So far we have been unable to locate Kirkwood,” Martin said. “If anyone has any knowledge of Kirkwood’s whereabouts, we ask them to contact CrimeStoppers at (662) 234-8477 or OPD at (662) 232-2400.”
Already, some of the merchandise from the warrant execution is linked to thefts from homes on Jefferson, Jackson, Van Buren and Pierce Avenues and 14th and 15th streets. Burglaries within Oxford city limits were up 44 percent in the last three months of 2009 compared to a year before – such a rise that an appointed public safety task force will be focusing more attention on the issue.
“You’d usually see most of the burglaries in apartments and other student residences, but this year we had more than the average number of full-time residences hit,” Martin said.
Contact reporter Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or errol.castens@djournal.com.

Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal