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|Five caught, one sought in strong of burglaries|
Five persons have been arrested and a warrant issued for a sixth in connection with 15 burglaries in the parish, Sheriff Randy Maxwell said this morning (Wednesday).
All of the burglaries involved inhabited dwellings, some camps, in Vidalia, Ridgecrest and along the lakes.
"We've still got some loose ends to tie up, and as the investigations broadens we learning much more," said Maxwell. "We're sure that we have all of the main players with the exception of one."
Investigator David Hedricks said the five arrested thus far include:
-- Tomika Drane, 31, 2188 Hwy. 84 West, Ferriday, four counts of burglary of an inhabited dwelling.
-- William Richmond McCurdy III, 28, 341 Green Acres, Vidalia, five counts of burglary of an inhabited dwelling, possession of CDS Schedule II, resisting an officer and battery on an officer.
-- Thlungus Miguel Prater, 20, 5240 Sycamore Drive, Jackson, Miss., theft over $300 and theft by fund.
-- Cecilia Miranda Jones, 18, 137 Lewis Drive, Natchez, Miss., theft greater than $300 felony.
-- LaDarius Wiggins, 17, 118 Grape Street, Ridgecrest, two counts of burglary of an inhabited dwelling.
Hedricks said Wiggins was booked in connection with burglaries in Ridgecrest and that two more suspects are being sought in those burglaries.
Meanwhile, James Edward Ola Jr., 33, 372 Cowan St., is being sought on a warrant for burglary of an inhabited dwelling.
"There were several sets of burglaries that occurred over the past month and a half," said Hedricks.
Maxwell said work is now underway to recovery stolen items.
"Sometimes this is very difficult because we don't have serial numbers to work by," said Maxwell. "It is so important that homeowners write down what they own and the serial numbers. We have recovered some of the thing taken and are continuing to look."
He expressed appreciation to the public "for being very helpful. They're always an integral part of an investigation and we sincerely appreciate it."
The sheriff's office is also investigating the theft of a 2004 Ford work truck owned by the Police Jury. The truck was stolen from the maintenance barn at Frogmore early Thursday morning and recovered Tuesday morning in the woods off Bodark Road in the Monterey area.
"It wasn't greatly damaged," said Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington. "It was scratched up, a hose taken off an air compressor and an impact wrench was taken."
He said other tools were left in the truck as well as the air compressor and diesel tank.
The thief drove the truck through a chain link fence at the maintenance yard, tearing down a 200-ft. section.
"We had to have that rebuilt," said Ferrington.
He said all of the vehicle and equipment keys are normally locked up, but someone inadvertently left the key in the truck that was stolen.
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