Officials Say Theft Ring Busted

Authorities in Newton County say a major theft ring was broken up recently with an arrest, leading to the recovery of stolen goods from north Mississippi and elsewhere.

Tractors, 4-wheelers, ATVs and motorcycles are the types of items that were stolen and have since been recovered as part of what officials call a theft ring.

Sheriff Jackie Knight said it's believed to have originated in north Mississippi several weeks ago. A tip last week from the Mississippi Agriculture Commission led Newton County investigators to some of the stolen items.

"Two tractors, 8 or 10 4-wheelers, one motorcycle, some guns and $110,000," said Knight of what was recovered.

All of the stolen items in Newton County have turned out to be from Tippah, Union, Lafayette and Neshoba counties. Some of the items even have ties to Drew, Ark.

Knight says the money and two of the 4-wheelers were confiscated from a 32-year-old man in Decatur.

"His name is Marvin Brown. He's been charged with three counts of receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a felon," said Knight.

(Editor's note: The person charged is not the Marvin Brown, age 40, who pastors Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Preston.)

According to Sheriff Knight, Brown turned himself in to authorities Tuesday. A $50,000 bond was set. By the afternoon he had bonded out of jail.

According to the sheriff at least two more arrests are expected in Newton County with even more in surrounding areas.

"We got information that part of it's in Jasper County, part of it is in Scott County," said Knight. "We haven't recovered all of it that is around here."

Officials say the arrest of Brown has a tie to the story Newscenter 11 reported Monday from jasper County. They say the marijuana discovered in Louin was found after a search warrant was issued for the home of Frontrell Myers.


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