Four arrested in Hancock County on violations related to narcotics possession and the possession of burglary tools
On April 26, 2022, Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam announced the arrest of Antonio Connetti, 33, of Kiln; Kaitlyn Pidcoe, 21, of Kiln; Olympia Elchos, 22, of Kiln; and Justin Hoda, 28, of Saucier, charging them with violations related to the narcotics possession and the possession of burglary tools.
On April 22, 2022, Hancock County Sheriff’s Narcotics Agents executed an arrest warrant for Connetti at his residence, located on Kiln Acres Drive in Kiln for his failure to appear in Circuit Court on charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances.
After arriving at the residence, agents encountered Connetti, Pidcoe, Elchos, and Hoda on the property in the vicinity of a pickup truck, containing catalytic converters that appeared to have been cut from vehicles.
Agents obtained a search warrant for the property and residence, which resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine “ice”, burglary tools, and several power tools.
All four were transported to the Hancock County Adult Detention Center, where they all remain on non-bondable offenses.
Sheriff Adam said, “Property crimes and drug activity are often related activities. When a drug habit surpasses the income to support it, some resort to committing thefts and burglaries in order to sell stolen items for income. This is indicative by a sharp increase in catalytic converter thefts. Our Narcotics Division and Criminal Investigations Division worked together to recover this property and take drugs off the street. Residents can assist our agency in recovering stolen property by recording serial numbers or placing identifying markings when serial numbers are not available.”
Sheriff Adam encourages the public to report criminal activity by calling his office at 228-466-6900 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.