Another man arrested in Coast car burglary spree

John Lee Morris III
John Lee Morris III

A Moss Point man has been arrested and another man and two juveniles face more charges in a rash of auto burglaries that officials say occurred over a five-hour period.

John Morris Lee III, 28, of Moss Point, was arrested Tuesday on eight counts of auto burglary and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said in a news release. Lee also is wanted on a probation warrant from the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

The auto burglaries occurred in Jackson County and D’Iberville from 11:30 p.m. Sunday through 4 a.m. Monday, Ezell said.

Christopher Kirkland, 29, of Moss Point, and two juveniles, all arrested Monday, now each face a total of eight auto burglary charges. They had initially been arrested on one count of auto burglary.

Ezell said the juveniles are 16 and 17.

Antonio Leggins, also arrested Monday, will not be prosecuted. Ezell said Leggins’ charges were dropped after investigators determined he was not involved in the burglaries.

The four accused took $2,000 in cash and identification cards and credit cards, which have been recovered, Ezell said.

Investigators are looking for more stolen property, he said.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews