Suspects held in auto burglary ring

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

SALTILLO – Police hope the arrest of four suspects halts a rash of auto burglaries that has plagued the area over the past two weeks.
Three men were charged Tuesday in Lee County Justice Court in connection with burglaries in Saltillo and Lee County. Another was taken to the Lee County Juvenile Detention Center. The men also are expected to be charged in other burglaries in Guntown and Tupelo.
Bond was set at $100,000 each for the adults arrested on six counts of auto burglary – Deante Gammons, 19, of 225 Faulkner Road, Pontotoc; Michael Ewing, 20, of 2303 Millsap, Tupelo; and Marterius Sanders, 20, of 108 Stone Drive, Tupelo. Three of the charges came from Saltillo and three from Lee County.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said between Tupelo, Saltillo, Guntown and the county, more than 50 vehicles have been burglarized in the past two weeks.
“We have been getting hit hard with car burglaries,” said Johnson. “Especially in residential areas. The suspects are going in cars who have doors unlocked and taking electronics and firearms. Fifty burglaries are a lot in that short time frame.”
The four suspects were arrested Monday morning about 1 a.m. by a Saltillo police officer after the vehicle they were in was spotted near a neighborhood that had been hit by some auto burglaries the night before. Police Chief Steve Brooks said several items believed to have been stolen from vehicles in the area were recovered.
All three adult suspects are on probation with the Mississippi Department of Corrections and remain in the Lee County jail.


Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@journalinc.com.