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Facebook post seen by Alabama man led to arrest in Pass Christian crime

Pass Christian police have identified Jason Eugene Conaway of Gulfport as the man shown using a stolen truck to steal a kayak and a Jon boat.
Pass Christian police have identified Jason Eugene Conaway of Gulfport as the man shown using a stolen truck to steal a kayak and a Jon boat.

A car lot worker in Loxley, Alabama, noticed a Sun Herald Facebook post showing pictures of boat and kayak theft in Pass Christian and recognized the truck used to steal them.

The truck, used to haul off the boats from a storage yard on North Street, had been stolen from the car lot in July, Pass Christian Police Sgt. Barry Smith said.

Jason Eugene Conaway, 38, of Gulfport, has been arrested and faces multiple charges, to include in Forrest County, where he was jailed on July 17.

Conaway was served with arrest warrants Friday on the charges from Pass Christian, Smith said.

He is accused of stealing camouflage-colored boats — a 10-foot Bobcat kayak and a 15-foot Jon boat —from a locked storage yard June 29. Police say he also was had a stolen lawn mower and weed-eaters.

The series of crimes were unraveled after a car lot worker saw the Facebook post.

“The guy said he looked at the picture of the truck and said, ‘that’s our truck,’” Smith said.

Conaway was served with arrest warrants Friday on charges of grand larceny and receiving stolen property in Pass Christian. The stolen truck had a license plate taken from a vehicle at Island View Casino in Gulfport, Smith said.

Police learned Conaway had abandoned the truck in Picayune and stolen another one, he said.

Petal police had arrested him in July on charges of grand larceny and attempted grand larceny. He was being held on bonds of $40,000 in Forrest County when Pass Christian police had the jail place a hold on him Thursday night.

Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner has set bonds that total $100,000.

Conoway will be brought to Harrison County to face the local charges at a later time.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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