By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times
The men believed responsible for last Friday’s cigarette heist at Murphy Oil in Fulton have been arrested.
According to Fulton Police Chief Reggie Johnson, R.D. Boggans and Donnell Garrett, both of Jackson, have been arrested in connection with the April 27 robbery of Murphy Oil, in the parking lot of Walmart Supercenter on Interchange Drive.
Boggans has been charged with one count burglary of a commercial building and one count of grand larceny. Garrett, who is believed to be responsible for the robbery of Fulton Tobacco Mart several weeks ago, has been charged with two counts burglary of a commercial building and two counts grand larceny.
Additionally, Boggans has been charged by the Mississippi Highway Patrol with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. He is currently being held in jail in Aberdeen on those charges.
On Monday, Garrett was given an initial court appearance before Justice Court Judge Harold Holcomb. Holcomb set Garrett’s bond at $10,000 per charge for a total of $40,000. He is currently being held in the Itawamba County Jail.
According to Johnson, the suspects are accused of breaking and entering the small gas station at approximately 3 a.m. Friday morning.
Surveillance footage at the convenience store showed two black males breaking into the building by throwing a large rock through the window. Using two large garbage bins, the suspects then emptied the store of cigarettes and fled in a light blue Ford Explorer.
Later than morning, members of the Mississippi Highway Patrol discovered an overturned vehicle on Highway 45 matching the description of the vehicle driven by the suspects. Although there were cigarettes at the scene of the accident, the two large containers believed to be taken from Murphy Oil were not there.
Later still, two men matching the description of the Murphy Oil suspects and covered in blood were spotted in West Point. Both men — who were later revealed to be Boggans and Garrett — were then apprehended by West Point police officers.
According to Johnson, the suspects are believed to be selling the cigarettes.
The police chief added that it was a fortunate set of circumstances — the accident and subsequent spotting in West Point — that led to the suspects’ quick arrest.
“Sometimes the stars just align,” he said. “That’s how we caught them.”