More arrests made in Meridian theft ring
MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Police continue cracking down on a theft ring in Meridian. More arrests have been made, more charges filed and stolen items recovered.
“You’re seeing the community, which includes businesses partnering with law enforcement saying, ‘What can I do to make sure this doesn’t happen again?’” Read said.
Jason Leddon, 37, Jammie Holliman, Sean Holliman, 48, Breanna Guthrie, 23, Charles Webb Jr., 35 and Jeremy Spann, 32, are all facing charges like commercial burglary, grand larceny and felony malicious mischief.
Read said all six suspects have been working together in one way or another and that it all comes down to the almighty dollar.
“They’ll have two individuals assigned to taking the items by breaking in and then selling them to another individual,” Read explained. “That individual then takes them and sells them to a chop shop or anything like that. This has been going on throughout time. This is just another way for each person to make a little bit of money for doing nothing.”
Police have recovered stolen batteries, bicycles and catalytic converters.
“The criminals will go underneath your car by either jacking it up or crawl under your car. Using a sawzall or a handsaw, they will cut them off. It takes them maybe 15 to 20 minutes,” Det. James Lagoy said.
The converters contain precious metals like palladium and platinum. The other hot commodity seems to be bicycles. Police say it’s important to keep track of all your serial numbers by keeping them in your email or in a safe location at home.
“All of the serial numbers on a bicycle will be on the bottom,” Lagoy said.
There are more suspects on the radar. If you know something, Chief Read said it’s best to come forward with information instead of becoming a suspect.
“Be mindful of this, there are consequences to every choice that we make. Whether it’s a good or a bad choice. We would hope that you wouldn’t choose that, but if you do, not if but when we catch you, we will do everything in our power to prosecute you to the fullest,” Read said.
If you have information about recent burglaries, you are asked to call the Meridian Police Department at 601-485-1893 or Crimestoppers at 855-485-TIPS.
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