One of three people accused of breaking down the door of a home tried to leave the scene in the victim’s car, a police spokesman said.
Tyran Andrus, 18, apparently didn’t anticipate how long it would take police to find out, Sgt. Joshua Bromen said.
Andrus was backing the victim’s car out of his driveway on East Birch Drive when he saw police coming, and he got out and ran like the other suspects, Bromen said.
Andrus had been out of jail less than 24 hours, the Harrison County jail docket shows. He had just spent four nights in jail on charges of simple assault and possession of a weapon on a school campus.
Patrol officers had gone to the 1000 block of East Birch after a neighbor called at 1:07 a.m. Wednesday to report three people had broken into a home.
The victim is acquainted with the suspects, who are all from Gulfport, Bromen said.
Police learned the resident’s car keys, wallet and cash inside the wallet were stolen. They recovered the keys and wallet, Bromen said.
Shortly after the burglary, police found Andrus and Heaven Pope, 18, and Melissia Lescalle, 21, and took them into custody, Bromen said.
Police arrested all three on a residential burglary charge, and added a charge of taking a motor vehicle for Andrus.
Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray set bonds at $150,000 for Andrus and $25,000 each for the women.
Pope has been released on bond. Andrus and Lescalle were still in custody Thursday.