By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – After three arrests over the past couple of weeks, police said they believe they’ve stopped a burglary ring that has plagued the Haven Acres neighborhood since January.
On Wednesday police charged Carlos Ellis, 27, of 3335 Robert Kennedy Drive with residential burglary. A day later, Bryshaad Jefferies, 21, of Tupelo was arrested and charged with armed robbery in connection with the robbery of the BP Store at 2841 Cliff Gookin Blvd. near Haven Acres.
On May 13, Charles Burnes was charged with residential burglary in connection with several reports in the Haven Acres community.
With nearly 15 residential burglaries in the neighborhood since January, Capt. Chuck Bunn said the Haven Acres community came together to help police arrest these suspects.
“That is a lot of burglaries for one area and the people there were tired of being victims,” said Bunn. “So they did something about it. The leads that people gave to us led to all these arrests. After we got the first one it was like a domino effect.”
Some of the property in the burglaries have been recovered and returned to the owners.
Police are still looking for Jeremy Beene, 21, in connection with the Haven Acres burglaries.
Even though the city has encountered both automobile and residential burglaries since last summer, Bunn said every arrest made is a positive step.