HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg police have two men in custody, and are investigating more than a dozen commercial burglaries that occurred since Friday in the Hub City.
Dan Tubbs, 19, and Eddie Person, 18, were charged in connection to a handful of burglaries that targeted businesses around the city.
Tubbs was charged with five counts of burglary, and Person was charged with one. As the investigation has progressed, according to police, Person has been charged with four others, the same as Tubbs.
Moore's Bike Shop on Hardy Street was one of the targets.
"I had a break-in at my business, and when I arrived, we had several windows and the door was busted out, the power had been disconnected and the phone lines had been removed from the building," said James Moore, owner of Moore's Bike Shop.
Moore said his security camera caught what appeared to be a pair of male suspects breaking into his business, but they did not take any merchandise.
"They got a small amount of petty cash, but they did about $3,000 worth of damage in the process and kicking in doors and just looking in places throughout the store," Moore said.
Moore's business was just one of many burglarized.
"There were from my understanding, five to seven businesses that were hit Saturday night and more perhaps on Friday night," Moore said.
Tubbs was arrested near BancorpSouth on Broadway Drive around 7 a.m. Sunday morning after police said he tripped the silent alarm trying to enter the bank. Tubbs fled on foot and was apprehended in minutes. Person was arrested during a traffic stop a short time after.
Tubbs was charged with five counts of burglary, in connection to incidents at Mississippi Title Loans, Discount Tobacco, Wendy's, BacorpSouth and Moore's Bike Shop. Tubbs appeared before Judge Gaye Polk-Payton where his bond was set at $175,000.
Person was charged with one count of burglary, and his bond was set at $15,000.
According to the 24 hour report released Monday afternoon by the Hattiesburg Police Department, there were 26 burglaries between Friday and Sunday in Hattiesburg. (The 24-hour report only lists a block number in which crimes occurred, not actual addresses of businesses.)
14- Commercial Burglaries
10- Auto Burglaries
2- Residential Burglaries
According to multiple business owners around the Hub City, the logistics of the robberies appeared to be similar.
Businesses had their power and phone lines cut from the building, and then the business was burglarized.
Some of the businesses involved include: Wendy's, B& F Tactical Store, Moore's Bike Shop, Tabella, Parris Jewelers, BancorpSouth, Discount Tobacco and Mississippi Title Loans.
According to Hattiesburg Police, the investigation is ongoing and other arrests are possible, as well as other charges could be added to Person and Tubbs.
If you have any information regarding the weekend incidents, contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP.
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