Crime

‘They were caught red-handed’ taking items from dead person’s home, investigator says

From left to right, top to bottom: David Luke Bourgeois, 31; Jennifer Lee Pepper, 34; Steven Farve, 55; and Pattie Nelson, 53, were each arrested on a burglary charge by Hancock County sheriff's deputies.
From left to right, top to bottom: David Luke Bourgeois, 31; Jennifer Lee Pepper, 34; Steven Farve, 55; and Pattie Nelson, 53, were each arrested on a burglary charge by Hancock County sheriff's deputies. Hancock County Sheriff’s Department

Attentive neighbors helped Hancock County sheriff’s deputies catch four people taking items from a dead person’s home in a Kiln subdivision last Sunday, authorities said.

Hancock County Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan told the Sea Coast Echo that deputies received a report on July 9 of several suspicious people going in and out of a home on Carnation Street in the Silver Creek community. Grannan said the caller was concerned because the owner of the home had died and nobody was currently living there.

Deputies arrived just at the four people were leaving the area with items taken from inside the home, Grannan told the Sea Coast Echo.

David Bourgeois Jr., 31; Jennifer Pepper, 34; Pattie Nelson, 53, and Steven Farve, 55, each was arrested on a burglary charge, the jail docket shows.

One of the suspects had lived in the home previously, Grannan said. The suspect told authorities she was getting some personal belongings.

“They were caught red-handed,” Grannan told the Sea Coast Echo. “The girl who had lived there said she was just getting her clothes, but they helped themselves to a bunch of other things, too.”

All four suspects were taken to the Hancock County jail, and each is held on a $75,000 bond.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @JustinMitchell_

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