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Farm theft investigation recovers $200K in stolen equipment

JACKSON — An investigation by the Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), the law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, has resulted in the recovery of numerous pieces of stolen equipment. The Bureau anticipates arrests and charges to be forthcoming in the future. Lead MALTB Investigator Mike Braswell along with MALTB investigators Mike McGowan and ...

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Ex-Delta mayor indicted, accused of stealing city property

MOUND BAYOU — Mound Bayou’s former mayor has been indicted on charges that he stole city property and used it in his restaurant. The Bolivar County sheriff’s office said Kennedy Johnson turned himself in Thursday on the three-count embezzlement indictment and is free on $15,000 bond. Sheriff’s officials said Johnson is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. Johnson faces up to ...

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Secretary of State assisting in investigation of school A/C thefts, vandalism

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has issued an alert on the statewide scrap metal registration system, LeadsOnline, regarding the recent theft and vandalism of more than 50 air conditioning units in Jackson area schools. “You cannot get much worse than stealing from schoolchildren at the start of the school year,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.  “Our agency ...

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Ex-attorney gets jail time for stealing from Veterans Affairs

PEARL — A former Mississippi attorney has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for the theft of funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Federal prosecutors say in a news release that 45-year-old Jason Zebert of Pearl was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves Jr. In addition to prison time, Reeves ordered Zebert to ...

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Police find Attorney General Hood's stolen handgun

JACKSON — Jackson police have recovered a handgun stolen several weeks ago from the personal vehicle of Attorney General Jim Hood. The gun was found at the home of a 72-year-old man involved in a domestic dispute, The Clarion-Ledger reported. Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green said the gun and other personal items were stolen from Hood’s vehicle during daylight ...

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Restaurant owner charged with stealing food from youth program

HATTIESBURG — A dining hall manager has been arrested and accused of stealing steaks, seafood and other edibles that belonged to the Mississippi National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy, authorities said yesterday. Jerry L. Howard, 50, owner of Jerry’s Seasoned Food in Hattiesburg, was free on bond after being booked on a charge of grand larceny, State Auditor Stacey Pickering said ...

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Members of Nigerian 'Yahoo Boys' arrested for identity theft

GULFPORT — Sixteen people from several states and other countries have been arrested on charges that they took part in a fraud that used stolen information to get money and goods and then ship them to South Africa and Nigeria, according to documents unsealed in federal court yesterday. The charges by the U.S. Attorney’s office filed in Gulfport against Oluyitan ...

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Two arrested for platinum theft from DuPont's Delisle Plant

GULFPORT — A Gulfport man and his estranged wife have been arrested in the theft of six pounds of platinum from the DuPont Corporation’s Delisle Plant. Willard Kevin Gallagher, 54, is charged with grand larceny. Angela Marie Simmons, 48, of Virginia Beach, Va., was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to commit a crime. Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said ...

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Hood joins other AGs in efforts to curb copper theft

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper and representatives for Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell met in Memphis yesterday for a roundtable discussion on the growing concern of copper theft. Representatives from Mississippi’s Secretary of State’s Office, Agriculture Commission and Department of Public Safety also attended the Memphis meeting along with ...

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Coast man pleads guilty to 16th Section timber theft

SAUCIER — Following an investigation by the Secretary of State’s Office, the Department of Agriculture and the Mississippi Forestry Commission, 54-year-old Harold Edwin Simmons of Saucier has pled guilty to three counts of felony timber theft. Simmons was accused of stealing approximately $250,000 worth of timber harvested from three separate 16th Section land sites in Pearl River County. “Stealing timber ...

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