3 charged in connection to Lumberton burglary ring

3 charged in connection to Lumberton burglary ring
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LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) - Three people have been charged in connection to a string of burglaries that have plagued the city of Lumberton over the past two weeks.

According to Lumberton Police Chief Carlus Page, Bradford Hayes, Phillip Olson and Beth Baker have been charged in the case.

Page said the alleged burglars targeted residential homes and businesses in the community.

Investigators were able to recover about $25,000 worth of stolen comic books and collectibles believed to be stolen in the rash of burglaries. Page said the items were found in an apartment leased to Olson.

Hayes was arrested May 26 and charged with receiving stolen property, burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime and possession of paraphernalia. His bond was set at $10,000.

Olson was arrested May 29 and charged with receiving stolen property, burglary, and conspiracy to commit a crime. His bond was set at $30,000.

Baker was arrested Wednesday and charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, trespassing and possession of paraphernalia. She also had a warrant through the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a previous credit card fraud charge, Page said.

Lumberton police said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.