By JB Clark
TUPELO – Three people are charged in connection with several burglaries in Lee County.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Department announced Wednesday the arrests of Stephanie Dykes, 32, of Nettleton; Isiah Edger, 29, of Shannon; and Perry Edwards, 53, of Nettleton. All three suspects, who were arrested Monday, are charged with burglary, grand larceny and possession of stolen property.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said the three are responsible for about a dozen robberies in Lee County and its municipalities. Thousands of dollars worth of stolen goods have been recovered, including ATVs, appliances, trailers, tools, packages and Christmas presents.
Dykes, Edger and Edwards are in the Lee County Jail awaiting arraignment in justice court.
The string of burglaries began about four weeks ago, according to Johnson, and continued until earlier this week when a homeowner alleged Edger tried to break into his home in the Macedonia community.
Johnson said the armed homeowner confronted Edger, who ran away. The homeowner’s surveillance system reportedly caught Edger on video and gave police enough evidence to pursue arrests and charges.
The three were taken into custody without incident Monday at a Lee County residence. Johnson claims they were also in possession of methamphetamine at the time of their arrest.
“This sends a message of how bad a problem can get when drugs are involved,” Johnson said.
Property has been recovered at pawn shops, stash locations and some already was sold. Johnson said they have found property as far away as Memphis.
Most of the burglarized homes were locked and showed evidence the doors had been pried open. Johnson said a lot of the property, however, was left in unlocked garages and shops or out in the open.
Dykes is on probation with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Johnson said they will ask the 20 years remaining on her prior drug conviction be served.
Investigators will continue to interview potential suspects as more property is recovered, but Johnson said they are fairly confident the three currently charged are responsible for the burglaries.