Suspect arrested in panty burglaries

Daily Journal report
OXFORD – Oxford police have charged a suspected “panty burglar” in a series of thefts from numerous homes in and around Oxford since June.
Police linked the cases because in each incident the culprit had taken women’s underwear.
Joseph Paul Lillo, 32, has been charged with 11 counts of burglary after police got a tip – something that had eluded them in previous incidents – on what they think was his latest exploit.
At 6:24 p.m. Saturday, a resident reported a burglary on Eagle Nest Lane. The victim said someone had entered the home and stolen some of her undergarments.
This time, though, a neighbor had been watching. The witness described a vehicle that had been at the house earlier in the day and provided the license plate number.
Police traced the tag number to Lillo, a mill worker who lives in the Laws Hill community of Marshall County. Investigators secured a search warrant for his residence.
About 1 a.m. Sunday, officers from Oxford Police Department, Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant on the residence, where they arrested Lillo and recovered evidence.
Lillo was denied bond Monday.
Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin praised the neighbor whose concern and action had intervened.
“The watchful neighbor is what broke the case for us,” he said. “Goes to show what citizens and police working together can accomplish.”

ERROL CASTENS / Daily Journal Oxford Bureau

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