Grandson faces charges for stealing thousands from grandparents

Grandson faces charges for stealing thousands from grandparents

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A Laurel man is facing charges after stealing thousands of dollars from his grandparents.

Wesley Buse, 26, was charged with two counts of grand larceny and one count of commercial burglary. He made his initial appearance in Jones County Justice Court Thursday afternoon. His bond was set at $35,000, which is $10,000 for each count of grand larceny and $15,000 for commercial burglary.

The scene

Per the Jones County Sheriff's Department, in October, Johnnie Flynn tried to open a private safe she kept in her home. She had trouble finding the key to the safe, so a family member helped her open it.

Many of the contents from the safe were missing including $7,000 worth of jewelry, $7,200 in cash and assorted coins, according to JCSD.  Flynn soon discovered that her grandson, Buse, took naps in her bedroom, where the safe was located. Buse had also been to area gold and coin buy and sale shops.

According to JCSD, Flynn visited one of the businesses and found multiple pieces of jewelry from her safe.

On Nov. 4, Flynn reported that she was missing about $1,100 from her purse and suspected Buse of stealing the cash. She said Buse had been in her kitchen the previous evening and was acting as if he was playing on his phone near her purse. Flynn said she knew her grandson had stolen from her before. So she began sleeping with her bag because she was concerned he would steal again.

During the JCSD investigation, officials discovered that Buse burglarized his grandfather, Michael Flynn, Sr.'s, abandoned storage units.

While on the property, Buse was confronted by someone and told them his grandfather had died and he was going through the property.

He was taken into custody Nov. 15, according to the JCSD.