Jones County pawnshop helps solve burglary case

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department

On July 14, 2014, deputies with the Jones County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to Vernon Rainey Road in reference to a burglary complaint.  Upon arrival, they met with the complainant who stated she had returned home from work to find her home had been burglarized and several items were missing.  Those items included two saws, a game camera, a shotgun, assorted jewelry and some cash.

Sgt. Charles Myers with the Sheriff's Department Investigation Division contacted several local pawn shops to see if anyone had pawned any items which fit the description of the missing pieces.  The pawn shops were able to identify Clarence Wesley Walters, Jr. as the culprit who had recently pawned items fitting the description of those items that were stolen in the burglary.  The homeowner has identified some of the stolen jewelry sold to the pawn shops through photos taken by Sgt. Myers.

During the investigation, Walters returned to one of the pawn shops attempting to sell more stolen jewelry.  Walters was later taken into custody by Laurel Police Department during a traffic stop.  Sgt. Scott Gable took possession of Walters and some other items of jewelry at the scene of the traffic stop.  Walters was charged with Burglary of an Inner Door and bond was set at $5000.00 by Jones County Justice Court Judge David Lyons.

The Jones County Sheriff's Department would like to thank the Laurel Police Department for assisting in apprehending Clarence Walters.