Petal police arrest three in auto burglary case

Petal police arrest three in auto burglary case
Surveillance cameras from the scene recorded the suspects early Wednesday morning looking for vehicles to burglarize in Eastwood Heights in Petal. (Photo source: Petal police)
Surveillance cameras from the scene recorded the suspects early Wednesday morning looking for vehicles to burglarize in Eastwood Heights in Petal. (Photo source: Petal police)

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Petal police arrested three people in an auto burglary case Thursday.

Surveillance cameras from the scene recorded the suspects early Wednesday morning looking for vehicles to burglarize in Eastwood Heights in Petal.

"They usually go up to a vehicle and check the door handle," Petal Police Detective Sammy Ray said. "If that door handle is unlocked, then they go into that vehicle and at times they get anything that's within view. We are talking about loose change, money and unfortunately, they steal firearms from vehicles."

Luckily, the car doors on the surveillance video were locked, but the trio were able to steal from neighboring homes where cars doors were left unlocked. Ray said thanks to the images captured, the three suspects were caught in less than 48 hours.

"I cannot stress enough to you how important it is to have involvement with your community," Ray said. "Without their assistance, we would have had a much more difficult time solving this crime."

Amahd Handford and Krystian Kaples were arrested and charged for the auto burglary. Handford is facing three counts of auto burglary, while Kaples faces three counts of accessory after the fact. As for the third suspect, his name is not being released because he is a juvenile.

Handford and Kaples made their initial court appearances Friday morning. Handford's bond was set at $30,000, and Kaple's bond was set at $15,000.

"I cannot stress enough how important it is to secure your homes and secure your vehicles," Ray said. "Even though we are the safest city in the state, we do that with the assistance of our community that we have great support from. But, we are not immune from crimes that do occur from time to time."

The two adults charged in this case will appear before a judge Friday for their initial court appearance.

We will keep you updated on any new developments in this case.