Burglar Caught Nap, Got Caught

A burglary suspect was recently found asleep at East Kemper Elementary School in Scooba. Authorities say everyone was surprised, including the suspect.

52-year-old Leroy Avery is charged with breaking into the building and attempting to steal a number of items.

Authorities were alerted about the suspect when a school employee called at 7:30 a.m.

Sheriff James Moore says he found Avery asleep on a couch outside the principal's office.

"He was in a dead sleep when I woke him," said Moore. "In talking to him, he says he had been out to a club drinking and I guess he was tired."

Moore says the suspect had gathered together computer, phone and radio equipment.

The sheriff says the items that the suspect was attempting to steal were all taken from the cafeteria, bagged up and left by a gate outside the school.

"There was a computer system and radio system bagged up and taken out," Moore said. "It appears that he put them down to go back and retrieve other property."

Avery's bond was set at $5,000.


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  • by Poor guy on Jul 13, 2012 at 04:59 AM
    Ya'll leave him alone. I'm sure he deserves all that stuff he had bagged up.
  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Jul 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM
    Hahahahaha!!!!! So lazy that he had to take a nap before finishing a burglary!!!!!
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      by Douglass on Jul 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM in reply to Citizen
      A high five to Citizen's comment.
  • by concerned Location: meridian on Jul 12, 2012 at 07:21 AM
    Now how dumb can u get. He shouldnt have been there anyway and then for him to say he had been to a club the night before now thats even crazier. Wow our people today need to sit down for the crazy stuff they are doing for no reason at all.
  • by smdh on Jul 11, 2012 at 11:51 PM
    Yes he is from Kemper Co stop lying Scooba is Kemper Co and that's where he resides!!!!!!! DUH
  • by Hmmm on Jul 11, 2012 at 10:42 PM
    Omg
  • by Kemper Resident on Jul 11, 2012 at 10:31 PM
    He is not from Kemper County!
  • by new me Location: meridian on Jul 11, 2012 at 08:02 PM
    CAT NAPPING ON THE JOB NEVER PAYS OFF.he'll sleep good tonite in jail. ashame just crazy.
  • by Sprit on Jul 11, 2012 at 04:54 PM
    That's what happens when you sleep on the job.
  • by Mr. Mann Location: Doesnt matter on Jul 11, 2012 at 03:15 PM
    Only in Kemper Co! He goes down as Kemper Co Dumbest Criminal!!
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      by Kemper Resident on Jul 11, 2012 at 10:31 PM in reply to Mr. Mann
      Thanks!
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