Beer-truck burglars caught after loud house party, police say

A noisy house party with plenty of beer has led to arrests in the theft of beer from a vendor’s truck, police said.

Police have arrested four young adults on charges of auto burglary after investigators followed up from a visit to a home on Pecan Hill Drive, police Sgt. Joshua Bromen said.

Gulfport residents John Thomas Nelson Crumpler, 19; David Clyde Lewis Jr., 22; Devin Thomas Lewis, 22; and Perkinston resident Jacob Michael Matthews, 21, were arrested.

Police arrested them on felony charges at a home in the 100 block of James Drive on Monday.

Police had received a noise complaint about 12:50 a.m. Saturday in the 14000 block of Pecan Hill. The neighborhood is north of South Swan Road.

Officers found a number of people drinking and a large amount of beer in shipping packages that are not the same as those used in retail packaging, Bromen said.

He said police were aware a beer truck had been burglarized Friday in the 12000 block of Intraplex Parkway, near Rex Distributing Co.

Police on Saturday arrested Crumpler and the Lewises on misdemeanor charges of receiving stolen property. They also arrested Crumpler on an underage-drinking charge. They were released from jail.

After further investigation, police arrested each of the four Monday on auto-burglary charges. David Lewis faces one count; the others each face two counts.

They were booked at the Harrison County jail on felony bonds set by Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray.

He set a $30,000 bond for Crumpler, a $20,000 bond for Devin Lewis and Matthews, and a $10,000 bond for David Lewis.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews