Teen honored for helping solve Forrest Co. burglary

Teen honored for helping solve Forrest Co. burglary
Crime Graphic

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Forrest County teen was honored this morning by the Forrest County Board of Supervisors for helping solve a burglary.

On June 8th, sheriff's deputies received a call about a burglary in progress on Archie Smith Road in Forrest County.  According to the homeowner, he pulled up to his house, and saw a vehicle backed up under his carport and his front door damaged.

The homeowner said the suspect ran out of the house and got into the vehicle and left the scene.

A teen in the family vehicle used quick thinking and got the tag number of the vehicle and turned it over to deputies.

The vehicle was stopped shortly after at Highway 49 and North 31st Avenue by deputies. The suspect was arrested and the stolen property was recovered and returned to the owners.

"For a 15 year-old, not only to have a presence of mind to get a tag number, but to not be afraid of whatever repercussions might come his way, to call us and give us the information that he had, and we were able to apprehend them within an hour or so of the burglary when they still had everything that they had stolen, it's just a great example for people to know that it pays to be involved," said Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee.