Wayne County seeing increase in burglaries

Wayne County seeing increase in burglaries

WAYNE COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Wayne County Sheriff's Department said they are seeing an increase in crimes this year, including burglaries.

Just Friday, two camps in the Chicora Community were broken into.

"There's a lot of things in Wayne County that you don't hear about on the TV, and they need to be aware of that and start locking stuff up," resident Joe Wooten said.

Wooten said when he came to his camp Friday, he noticed a lot of things were missing.

"About a 19 inch, a 22 inch and a 30 inch TV," Wooten said.

He said food and drinks were also stolen from his camp.

"We had one window that was opened and luckily that's the one they come in, but they broke into my shed and got my weedeater, my saw and a brand new battery charger for my boat," Wooten said.

On top of that, Wooten said his security cameras were also torn from the walls and taken. Next door, the camp there was also broken into.

"It's been broken into three times, two times this year," next-door neighbor Dan Wooten said.

Dan Wooten lives next door to both camps that were broken into. He said luckily his camp was not broken into, but he did notice one of his boat paddles placed next to a tree.

"I'm the poorest one down here,' Dan Wooten said. "I just had old dear cameras up and they tried to knock them down."

He said he just wants the community to be aware of the burglaries that are going on in the county.

"We want people in Wayne County (to know) that they need to be watching, they need to put their guard up," Dan Wooten said. "We had our guard down and they need to be aware of it."

The sheriff's department said Crime Stoppers is offering an up to $1,000 reward for information that can lead to an arrest and conviction on these burglaries.

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