By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo Police arrested a group of teens and young adults they say they can tie to the majority of the city’s burglaries between July 25 and Oct. 4.
Last week, police charged Tupelo residents Lavoris Cayson, 19, Justin Ware, 18, Jamal Faulkner, 19, and Delvechio Morris, 19, with auto burglary, burglary of commercial buildings, motor vehicle theft and grand larceny.
Sgt. Lynette Sandlin said arrests also were made on multiple juvenile suspects.
The first incident was a July 25 burglary of four commercial buildings in the Daybright Drive area, including allegedly taking two cars from Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
Sandlin said police have recovered weapons, vehicles, iPads, iPhones, laptops and other electronics taken from vehicles.
The juveniles charged will go before youth court judges, and the four adults’ cases will go before a January circuit court grand jury. The grand jury will decide if there is enough evidence to formally charge the suspects.
Morris and Faulkner were released from the Lee County Tupelo Adult Jail on $30,000 bonds.
Ware and Cayson still are being held, Ware on a $20,000 bond and Cayson on a $50,000 bond.
Cayson was out on bond after being charged with breaking and entering an auto in late August.
Sandlin advised the public to keep doors locked and not to leave valuables in cars or in plain sight to avoid becoming a victim.
“When they see it, they’ll pop in the window and snatch what they can get,” she said.
Most of the auto burglaries happened in apartment complexes or along residential streets.
Capt. Rusty Haynes of the Tupelo Police Department said the charges wouldn’t have been possible without the whole department’s cooperation.
“As always it’s a team effort between the dedicated members of patrol and (the criminal investigation division),” Haynes said. “We appreciate the dedicated patrol arm of Tupelo Police and all the help they give us.”