Petal police arrest three in auto theft

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - This is news release from the Petal Investigation Division

On April 02, 2014, at approximately 3:30 pm, the Petal Police Department received a report of a vehicle that was stolen within the 100th block of Byrd Drive located in Petal, MS. Forrest County District Attorney's Office Investigator and Perry County Sheriff's Department spotted the vehicle that was reported stolen traveling into Richton, MS.

The driver fled on foot into a wooded area. The driver of the vehicle was apprehended by the Perry County Sheriff's Department K-9 Officer Danny Merritt III and his canine. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Paxton Wade Hale (W/M), 18 years of age of Jackson, MS.

A follow up investigation led to the recovery of a second stolen vehicle located on the 300th block of Boxtel Street, Petal, MS. The Petal Police Department attempted to make contact with the driver of the vehicle, who fled on foot into a wooded area.

Petal Police Department K-9 Officer Lance Smith deployed his canine, Boris, and shortly thereafter, the suspect was apprehended without incident. The suspect was identified as John Lee Shows (W/M), 37 years of age of Oklahoma.

The Petal Police Department arrested Brandy Michelle Martinez (W/F), 35 years of age of Oklahoma, who was also in connection with the crime. Wade was charged with Felony Taking of a Motor Vehicle, Shows and Martinez were charged with Receiving Stolen Property.

Wade, Shows, and Martinez were all arrested and transported to the Forrest County Jail awaiting bond. The Petal Police Department will be working with surrounding agencies to determine if the suspects have been involved in other crimes.