Crime briefs for South Mississippi

June 26, 2014 

2 suspected of exploiting vulnerable adult

BILOXI -- Police have arrested a couple accused of exploiting a vulnerable adult by taking the man's prescription drugs and other property, Biloxi police Lt. Aldon Helmert said.

Police arrested Biloxi residents Robert Earl Brewer, 45, and Sherry Suzanne Bartel, 53, late Tuesday night.

Helmert said the couple are caregivers for an older man. Police have received complaints they were taking the man's prescriptions and selling the pills, and taking his money and other property, he said.

Brewer and Bartel were held at the Harrison County jail.

Justice Court Judge Bruce Strong set bond for each at $100,000.

"Our job is to try to stem the tide in the flow of narcotics," said Helmert, who leads a special crimes unit.

"My job comes down to protecting those who cannot protect themselves," he said. "This time it wasn't our normal drug arrest."

-- Robin Fitzgerald

Biloxi teen accused in theft of firearm from vehicle

GULFPORT -- Authorities arrested 18-year-old Tre'von Lajuan Allen, of Biloxi, Tuesday on charge of vehicle burglary.

Police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said the teen stole a firearm during a 12-hour window between Monday and Tuesday in the Windrose subdivision.

McDaniel said the victim reported someone stole a firearm from his vehicle and fled.

Allen, identified as a suspect, was arrested Tuesday by Biloxi police at his home, McDaniel said.

He said the firearm was also recovered.

Allen was held at the Harrison County jail in lieu of a $15,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner. He is unable to post bail because another bond has been revoked on a pending robbery charge.

-- Patrick Ochs

Man injured in pursuit faces criminal charges

GULFPORT -- A man injured in a crash while fleeing police faces criminal charges after his release from a hospital, authorities said.

Kentrell Beamer was suspected of shoplifting cologne at the Super Wal-Mart on Wednesday night and fled police in a pickup truck reported stolen from George County, Sgt. Damon McDaniel said.

Beamer, 32, of Pascagoula, left the Wal-Mart in a 2007 Ford F-150 and failed to pull over when police tried to stop the truck at Hewes Avenue and Glover Street, he said.

A pursuit ensued and ended on U.S. 90 near 20th Avenue, where the pickup crashed.

American Medical Response took Beamer and two passengers to a hospital, and Beamer was admitted.

McDaniel said the investigation continues.

-- Robin Fitzgerald

Gulfport men arrested in case of stolen check

GULFPORT -- Two Gulfport men are accused in a forgery case alleging they deposited a stolen check in one of their bank accounts, police said.

They are Jarvis Trevez Sargent and Aaron Chanel Mays, both 21.

Their arrests came from a May 22 complaint about stolen checks, Sgt. Damon McDaniel said.

Investigators learned Sargent and Mays were seen depositing a $600 check into Sargent's account in an automated teller machine at Navy Federal Credit Union on Crossroads Parkway, he said.

The check was stolen and police believe Mays took it from an acquaintance.

Police arrested them Tuesday.

Both were held at the Harrison County jail.

Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner set bonds at $10,000 for Mays and $2,500 for Sargent.

-- Robin Fitzgerald

2 arrested in armed robbery in Wal-Mart parking lot

GULFPORT -- Police have arrested two people accused in an armed robbery Saturday night in the Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot.

Police arrested Sterling Raheem Jules, 22, and Latoya Jacqueline Batista, 30, Tuesday on two counts each of armed robbery.

A man and woman reported an armed man took the man's wallet and the woman's purse about 11:31 p.m., police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said.

The man and woman gave police a good description of the couple and the vehicle they drove off in, he said.

Police arrested the couple Wednesday at their residence on Switzer Road.

Jules and Batista were held at the Harrison County jail.

Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner set bonds at $500,000 for Jules and $200,000 for Batista pending an initial court hearing.

-- Robin Fitzgerald

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