PONTOTOC – Police arrested two men this week in connection with a string of home and business burglaries.
Nathaniel Williams Jr., 28, of Belden, was charged with uttering forgery, burglary of a commercial building and three counts of burglary of an occupied dwelling after being taken into custody Wednesday. His bond was set at $100,000, and he is in the Pontotoc County Jail.
Kelvin Keith Miles, 29, of Pontotoc, was charged with burglary of a commercial building and three counts of burglary of an occupied dwelling. He was taken into custody Friday and is in the Pontotoc County Jail on a bond of $30,000.
Pontotoc Police Chief Larry Poole said the men are charged in connection with three business burglaries and four home burglaries over the past week. He alleged they are also suspected for some home and church burglaries in the surrounding counties.
The suspects allegedly went to homes without cars in the driveway – mostly in the area south of Pontotoc’s downtown – and blew their car horn, knocked on the door of the home and, if no one answered, kicked in the door. Most of the homes burglarized were missing electronics like game consoles, televisions and laptops from the front room of the house.
“I’m proud we got them before the children were home from school for Christmas,” said Poole.
He said the case broke when a neighbor of a burglarized house identified the car and license plate used by the burglars.
No one was at home during the time of the burglaries.
Poole said they do not suspect a connection between their two arrests and the arrests made by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office earlier in the week.