Kemper Co. Crime

Forty-one-year-old Sheila Kirkland and 43-year-old Alex Gale are both charged with taking part in a major burglary ring in Kemper County.

Over the past year investigators say the two are thought to be responsible for the theft of thousands of dollars worth of items such as 4-wheelers, lawn mowers and truck trailers.

According to investigators Kirkland faces similar charges in Alabama and also other parts of Mississippi. In fact, she faced charges for stealing a truck from a car lot in Vicksburg. At last check, both Kirkland and Gale were being held in the Kemper-Neshoba Regional jail on $10,000 bond each.

Meanwhile a man thought to have swindled Kemper County residents out of hundreds of dollars as part of a credit fraud scam, was recently arrested in Meridian on similar charges. Twenty-seven-year-old Ted Alan White from Louisville is charged in the case.

Over the past few months Sheriff Sam Tisdale says White targeted the New Hope Community where he charged residents anywhere between $200 and $300 to "fix" their credit. According to residents White was very convincing.

"One of the people he talked to says he talked about the Bible. She says he knew about the Bible real well and she says that's what made her suspicious because while she was talking about credit he was talking about the Bible," said Sheriff Tisdale.

In the wake of the credit fraud scam residents are being advised to contact authorities such as their local sheriff's department before letting solicitors in their home. Officials say any legitimate company or company representative should be registered with the state.