By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Two Tupelo residents have been arrested in what Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson called an “enormous” heroin-fueled burglary ring.
An array of jewelry, a set of golf clubs, a gaming console and video games were among the stolen property recovered at one Tupelo residence that came from nine burglaries that spanned Tupelo and Lee, Pontotoc and Union counties.
Zachary Miles, 27, and Sandy A. Foster, 38, both of Tupelo, are charged with nine counts of burglary each, and each of their bonds was set at $2 million on Monday.
“We’ve had a rash of burglaries in the last two and a half, three weeks, where doors have been kicked in and jewelry and things taken,” Johnson said.
Though much of the property was recovered, much more of the expensive jewelry had already been taken to cash for gold businesses.
Investigators believe Foster and Miles committed the burglaries to fuel heroin habits, Johnson said.
“It was an enormous burglary ring that probably had others involved,” he said.
More than seven others have been arrested in connection, and charged with either drug possession or possession of stolen property.
Johnson expects more arrests in connection to the burglary ring, and Foster and Miles could expect more charges from other counties.
The burglaries have kept sheriff’s deputies busy the past few weeks.
“There would be five or six houses hit in a day, jumping from county to county,” Johnson said.
Miles is currently on probation with the Mississippi Department of Corrections for uttering a forgery, another charge related to drugs, Johnson said.