JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Jones County Sheriff's Department busted a two-man burglary ring they said was responsible for break-ins in several counties including Jones, Chickasaw, Monroe, Lamar, Rankin and Forrest County.
Thad Gieger, 23, and Le-Darrius Betts, 23 were arrested Monday and have been charged with burglary.
Betss was charged with six counts of receiving stolen property ($15.000 per charge) and two counts of residential burglary ($20,000 per charge) totaling eight charges. His total bond was $130,000.
Gieger was charged with six counts of receiving stolen property ($15,000 per charge) two counts of residential burglary ($20,000 per charge) and one count being a felon in possession of a firearm ($10,000) bringing his total charges to nine. Gieger's total bond was $140,000.
Gieger was out on bond for a previous charge from Lamar county so his bond was denied.
According to Sheriff Alex Hodge, deputies uncovered a large amount of stolen property from their residence, 65 Daughtry Road in Laurel.
"We've been able to recover tons of weapons, electronics, tools, six four-wheelers, one lawn mower, three utility trailers and just a ton of televisions, electrical equipment and sound equipment," said Sheriff Hodge.
Sheriff Hodge said the county has had several break-ins which is why they started a burglary investigation.
"We've been working on this case for some time especially in the south end of the county, in the Moselle area we've been getting hit real hard with burglaries," said Sheriff Hodge.
He said thanks to game cameras, they were able to identify the two suspects involved in the burglary ring.
"Color video, right down to the tattoos on their arms," said Sheriff Hodge. "There's no denying that they were straddling these four-wheelers and riding them off of somebody else's place."
Sheriff Hodge said a lot of the items recovered have not been claimed or reported stolen.
"Unfortunately a lot of the property they have sold to support various habits including drugs," said Sheriff Hodge.
Sheriff Hodge encourages residents to report any burglaries or stolen items to the department. He said one call may help in solving other burglary cases.