Police seeking aid in area burglaries in Itawamba County

By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times

Police in both Fulton and Mantachie are seeking public help in catching suspects connected with area burglaries.

First, Fulton police are searching for the suspect or suspects responsible for burglarizing the concession stands at Fulton City Park on Nov. 5.

According to Brad Rogers of the Fulton Police Department, an unknown number of suspects forced entry into the park’s two concession stands. Once inside, the suspects took a large amount of concession items, including hot dogs, soft drinks and candy. The suspects also stole a laptop computer.

Rogers said the value of the items stolen was more than $1,000.

Rogers said the F.P.D. is seeking public aid in the hunt for suspects in the burglary.

“This was a very large amount of concession items,” he said, adding that he believes that trying to transport and store such a large amount of food is bound to raise some eyebrows. “Somebody will have seen something or know something about this.”

Rogers said this is the first break-in the city park has seen in years. Last time, thanks to help from the public, an arrest was made within days.

In Mantachie, police are still searching for the suspect or suspects connected with the Oct. 27 breaking and entering at O.R. Dulaney’s gun shop on Hodges Drive in Mantachie.

According to Rogers, who serves as Mantachie’s police chief, the suspect or suspects forced entry into Dulaney’s shop and stole upwards of 30 firearms. The breaking and entry occurred sometime during the late night/early morning hours.

Rogers said by turning to local citizens for help, arrests in both the Fulton and Mantachie burglaries are much more likely.

“We’re able to put thousands of sets of eyes out there, searching for these stolen items,” he said.

Any suspicious activity should be reported to Crimestoppers by calling 1-800-773-TIPS. Calls are anonymous, and any tips that lead to arrests net cash rewards.

adam.armour@journalinc.com