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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