Woman sought in car burglary at school hid in woods, investigator said

Jennifer Jeanne Saucedo
Jennifer Jeanne Saucedo

A woman sought in an auto burglary at an elementary school hid in woods, but was captured when she sneaked inside her home, a sheriff’s detective said.

Jennifer Jeanne Saucedo, 39, had been sought in the Sept. 1 break-in and burglary of a car at St. Vincent de Paul Elementary on Espy Avenue in Pass Christian.

A search of her home Thursday in Hancock County revealed a large amount of meth, stolen credit cards and identification cards, said Lt. Coley Judy of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office.

Employees from the Department of Human Services in Hancock County took her two children, ages 11 and 13, into protective custody, he said.

Saucedo is held on a $30,000 bond on the Harrison County burglary charge and is held for Hancock County, with no bond, on a meth charge. Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner set bond on the Harrison County charge.

More charges will likely be filed by Long Beach and Gulfport police and Hancock County regarding assorted stolen items, credit cards and identification cards found in her house, Judy said.

Saucedo was found a day after the Sheriff’s Office released a picture of a maroon Honda C-RV found in surveillance footage from the school parking lot.

Surveillance footage also shows a woman breaking the window of a car and taking items from it. The C-RV owner’s identification card was found at Saucedo’s home, Judy said.

A patrol officer on Thursday saw a maroon Honda C-RV on Kiln-DeLisle Road and turned around to conduct a traffic stop. The deputy ran the license plate and realized it was registered to Saucedo, but her husband was driving it, Judy said.

She was arrested with cooperation of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, he said.

Investigators would later learn Saucedo was hiding out in neighboring woods, Judy said; she was not at home when deputies from both agencies went to her house.

Hancock County deputies waited out front of the home while Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson and deputies searched behind the house.

“We saw the back door open and went in and found her,” Judy said. “She’s telling us she knew her husband had been pulled over. What her intentions were with sneaking back in, I’m not sure.”

Hancock County investigators obtained a search warrant for her home and Harrison County investigators assisted in the search.

Saucedo has no connections to the elementary school or Holy Family Catholic Church, adjacent to the school, Judy said.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews