George County searching for suspect in phone cable theft case

The George County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect in a case involving tampered phone lines.

Sheriff Keith Havard said his office is searching for 43-year-old James Zebulon McDaniel of Lucedale. McDaniel is believed to have been stealing phone cable for the copper wire inside with the intent of selling it for scrap metal.

On Saturday, deputies got a call about someone tampering with phone lines in the Bexley area on Highway 198.

Deputies found a man at that location near a truck with cut and rolled phone cable next to it. When approached, the man fled into the woods.

McDaniel was identified as the suspect. Deputies got a search warrant for his house and found more evidence of similar crimes. A felony warrant has been issued for McDaniel’s arrest.

Havard said George County has been suffering from this type of crime.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the George County Sheriff’s Office at 601-947-4811.

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