JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Jones County Sheriff’s deputies found a suspect hiding inside a bathroom in a family’s home after responding to a call of a burglary in progress Thursday morning.
According to the sheriff’s department, the homeowners called authorities after their home security system notified them that someone had broken into their home on Meador Road in the Calhoun area.
When deputies arrived on the scene and searched the home, they reportedly found Joel Welch, 24, hiding inside a shower in an upstairs bathroom.
Officials with the sheriff’s department said Welch was found with prescription medications he had taken from the home, some of which he had already swallowed.
After further investigation, deputies discovered Welch had broken into a vehicle on the property and used a garage door opener to gain access to the home, according to the sheriff’s department.
Welch was booked into the Jones County Jail on charges of burglary and commercial burglary. The investigation is ongoing.
The homeowner, Brad Deland, reached out to WDAM 7 to share video of the arrest captured on surveillance cameras. Deland also expressed his appreciation for the law enforcement officials who responded to the burglary.
“The quick response from the Jones County Sheriff Department is greatly appreciated. My situation turned out for the better, but not all families are as fortunate as us. This is the exact reason why we need more coverage from our sheriff’s department in Jones County,” said Deland.