Two Hattiesburg men behind bars on burglary charges

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Two Hattiesburg men are behind bars after being arrested in Petal early Wednesday morning on burglary charges.

Petal Police Chief Leonard Fuller says officers responded to an alarm at Gibson Pharmacy in the 200 block of Central Avenue at around 3:00 a.m. When they arrived they spotted a vehicle pulling out from the side of the building.

They stopped the vehicle and while questioning the occupants they discovered burglary tools inside. After further investigation, the officers found that suspects had attempted to break in through the back door.

Taken into custody was 36 year old Cecil Lamont Jefferson and 21 year old Xavier Ross, both of Hattiesburg. They have been charged with one count each of attempted burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools.

Both Jefferson and Ross are expected to make their initial appearance in Petal City Court Thursday.

They are currently being held in the Forrest County Jail.