JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department
Just before 5:00 AM on Monday, March 9, 2015, Jones County Deputies were dispatched to Ovett Little General Store on Ovett Moselle Road, in reference to a burglary. When Deputy Cheston Cannon arrived on the scene the storeowner, Gordon Pitts, was on the property. Upon inspection it was instantly noticed the front glass door was completely busted.
Through further investigation of video surveillance it was revealed that a 14 year-old white male and 18 year-old Byron R. Windham of Ovett were the suspects. After interviewing locals, Jones County Sheriff's Investigators, Sgt. Scott Gable, Sgt. Tonya Madison and Sgt. Jim Stone went to the 100 block of Watermelon Road in Ovett and took into custody Windham and the juvenile. Several packs of cigarettes that were taken in the burglary were found at Windham's home. At this time it is believed the cigarettes were all that was stolen. The juvenile had cuts on his arms from the broken glass of the store's front door, and both suspects were still wearing the same clothes they were dressed in while being captured on the video surveillance.
Because of the quick response of the Jones County Sheriff's Department, the video surveillance, and the help of the citizens of Ovett, the burglary suspects were arrested within 6 hours of committing the crime.