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SUV stolen on Christmas part of auto-theft ring, sheriff says

Five people have been charged in an auto-burglary ring. They are, clockwise from top left, Jacob Teague, Pam Ryan, Eric Crews, Joshua Wenger and Lacey Jones.
Five people have been charged in an auto-burglary ring. They are, clockwise from top left, Jacob Teague, Pam Ryan, Eric Crews, Joshua Wenger and Lacey Jones.

Six people have been arrested in what Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell is calling an auto-theft ring.

Ezell said in a press release that Eric Crews, Jacob Teague, Joshua Wenger, Pam Ryan and Lacey Jones have all been arrested on two counts each of taking of a motor vehicle.

He said deputies responded to a burglary in process at an auto auction business near Moss Point around 8 p.m. Dec. 25. A white SUV was driven off the property, Ezell said. The stolen vehicle was spotted Monday morning, he said, and deputies found Crews driving and arrested him.

Crews’ arrest, Ezell said, led to the arrest of Teague, Wenger, Ryan and Jones.

Eight vehicles, including the SUV, have been recovered, including a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro a deputy found late Wednesday afternoon.

A deputy on patrol in Vacleave spotted the sports car, one of those reported missing, and tried to stop the vehicle. Ezell said the driver, Darrel Lovett Williams, stopped the car and ran off but was arrested.

Deputies arrested Williams on charges of receiving stolen property and failure to stop for an officer’s signals. He was being booked at the county jail early Wednesday night.

Ezell said at least one more vehicle was stolen. The investigation continues.

Jeff Clark: 228-896-2329, @thejeffclark

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