MPD Makes Robbery Arrests

The Meridian Police Department has charged suspects in several recent armed robberies.

The Meridian Police Department, East Mississippi Drug Task Force, and deputies with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department late Friday afternoon arrested 29-year-old Marcus Bridges, of Jackson, and William Dixon, 21, of Meridian, in relation to several armed robberies that happened in the last few days.

Capt. James Sharpe said the arrests were made at a residence in the 2600 block of St. Andrews Street. At the time, detectives were following up on a Crimestoppers tip concerning Bridges.

Both suspects were taken into custody after a brief vehicle and foot chase. Sharpe said a third person of interest was detained and questioned, but was later released after it was determined that he had no involvement in the robberies.

Bridges was charged with three counts of armed robbery involving the Big K Chevron at 1408 Roebuck Drive Dec. 16; CEFCO at 1910 Highway 19 North Dec. 17; Dixie Oil Station #1 at 730 Front Street Extension Dec. 18. He's being held without bond on two counts and $50,000 on the third charge. Bridges had been out on bond for a Jackson robbery.

Dixon is charged with two counts of armed robbery. His bond was set at a total of $100,000.

Meridian police say they arrested 25-year-old Michael T. Ballard at Wal-Mart Supercenter at Bonita Saturday, about five minutes after he allegedly robbed Sally's Beauty Supply on North Frontage Road.

Officials say Ballard used a handgun to take cash from the business. He's charged with armed robbery and his bond was set at $20,000.

Sharpe said investigators are still compiling witness statements, video evidence, and trace evidence from all the recent robberies, and are attempting to determine if Ballard, Bridges, and Dixon are possibly involved with other outstanding robbery cases.

The armed robbery cases will be presented to the March 2010 session of the Lauderdale County grand jury.

The MPD asks that, if anyone has any information concerning these and other robberies, to contact Crimestoppers at 601-485-1860 or MPD Criminal Investigations at 601-485-1859.

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  • by kingofkings Location: meridian on Dec 23, 2009 at 07:27 PM
    honest person you are right the chief had nothing to do with that and the old chief didnt play favorites either, and as far as the robbery go dang mike if you needed money to buy those kids some toys i would have loaned you the money or yall punks could have gotten a job to earn the money, thats whats wrong with society today people wanna take take take instead of working i hope they get the book thrown at them lazy bums
  • by honest person Location: meridian on Dec 23, 2009 at 08:48 AM
    this has nothing to do with the police chief. thanks to the loyal officers of meridian that put their lives out there everyday to protect us this has happened. i thank them for finding the individuals that robbed our stores. so thanks MPD
  • by DALE Location: MERIDIAN on Dec 22, 2009 at 02:55 PM
    The new police chief is relly been on the ball,cleaning up MERIDIAN'S streets.LOOK'S LIKE THIS ONE'S NOT GOING TO PLAY FAVORITES.GOOD MAN.
  • by John Boy Location: Meridian on Dec 21, 2009 at 02:22 PM
    Good job!
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