Five arrested in string of thefts in George County
Since July 15th, 2021, George County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Investigators, with the assistance of the public, have recovered over $150,000.00 worth of stolen property and arrested five (5) suspects in multiple larceny cases.
On July 15th, at approximately 4:00 a.m., GCSO Deputies responded to a citizen complaint of a vehicle blocking traffic on Hwy 26 W near the Benndale Community of George County.
Upon arrival, Deputies found Ashley Ann Carson, 27, of Sumrall and Christopher Andrew Mayo, 21, of Moss Point asleep in a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Jackson County.
Carson and Mayo were taken into custody and charged with felony receiving stolen property. Both have had an initial appearance before a George County Justice Court Judge and have each been assigned a $1,500.00 commercial bond. They remain in the custody of the George County jail at this time.
On July 21st, at about 5:15 p.m., deputies took a report in the Cooks Corner Road area for the theft of several tools and welding machines from a residence there. At approximately 9 a.m. the next morning, investigators went to a residence adjacent to the victim’s property and, based on information from a citizen, were able to make contact with Jakeb Michael Dindore, 27, of Lucedale.
Dindore was found to be in possession of several of the stolen items, as well as a quantity of methamphetamine. He also had several warrants for his arrest through George County Justice Court. He was taken into custody and booked into the George County jail on misdemeanor warrants for simple assault and joyriding. He is also charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and petit larceny. After an initial appearance in George County Justice Court, Dindore was given a $15,000 commercial bond for the possession charge, as well as a $1,000 signature bond for each warrant and the larceny charge. Dindore is currently in custody at the George County jail.
On July 24th, at approximately 3 p.m., deputies made contact with a vehicle that had been the subject of a Be On the Look Out from Lucedale Police Department. Deputies attempted a traffic stop with the vehicle at the intersection of Cowart Street and Old 63 South in the city limits of Lucedale, but the occupants of the vehicle failed to stop and continued to travel east on Cowart Street at a high rate of speed.
The driver of the vehicle then lost control and slid into the parking lot of a business at the corner of Cowart Street and Mill Street. The driver fled the area on foot, and another passenger in the vehicle was detained.
The driver, Cody Chase Miller, 24, of Bay Minette, Alabama, was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit and booked into the George County jail by Lucedale Police on one charge of receiving stolen property, and he has a hold for Alabama Department of Corrections, as well. Miller also was issued misdemeanor citations for possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless driving. More charges are pending. After an initial appearance before a Lucedale Municipal Court Judge, Miller was given a $10,000 commercial bond and remains in custody at this time.
At approximately 12:30 p.m. on July 25th, deputies took a report in the Easley Road area for a stolen man-lift truck with a chipper bed, as well as multiple high-end chainsaws and a pole saw. The next morning, deputies responded to another stolen vehicle report on Fig Farm Road, wherein a pickup truck and utility trailer were stolen, along with multiple tools. After further investigation, and tips received from the public, deputies and investigators were able to develop leads on the location of the stolen vehicles and items.
On Monday, July 26th, investigators recovered the truck and trailer, as well as the stolen chainsaws, at a residence in the Agricola Community of George County. Mickey Deryk Whigham, 35, was arrested in connection with the stolen property and charged with one count of receiving stolen property, one count of grand larceny, and one count of motor vehicle theft.
On Tuesday, July 27th, investigators recovered the stolen man-lift truck in the Barton Community and have charged Whigham with an additional count of motor vehicle theft. After an initial appearance in George County Justice Court, he received a $4,000 commercial bond on each charge, for a total of $16,000. Whigham is currently in custody at the George County jail and also faces a hold for Mississippi Department of Corrections for violation of parole.
Sheriff Keith Havard and his staff would like to thank the public for their assistance in the apprehension of these criminals, and we commend you on your willingness to help keep George County a safe place to live.
Anyone with information concerning this or any other crime is encouraged to contact the George County Sheriff’s Office at 601.947.4811. The Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers is available for reporting anonymous crime tips by calling 877.787.5898. The Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers can be accessed by internet at the following address: mscoastcrimestoppers.com or through the George County Sheriff’s Office website www.GeorgeCountyMSSheriff.com.