A former state inmate who had worked at the George County Maintenance Building used four other men to help break in or hide stolen equipment and tools, a sheriff’s detective said.
Steven Franklin Camp, 38, of Amory, had worked at the building in the Evanston community while incarcerated and was familiar with the gated property, George County Sheriff’s Investigator Dominique Tanner said.
County workers reported a commercial burglary at the building on Dec. 23.
Investigators believe Camp and former Saucier resident Jeremy Dean Latimer, 33, cut the locks on the gate to break in, she said.
Items stolen include a utility trailer and power tools.
Camp had been serving prison time for possession of meth and conspiracy to commit a crime from convictions in Monroe County.
After Camp was released on parole, he got Latimer, now of Stone County, to pick him up from Greene County, Tanner said. Investigators believe they drove to the maintenance building and broke in.
Jason Sargent, 39, and Dustin Pickle, both of Amory, were found with the stolen items, which were recovered with help from Monroe and Stone County sheriff’s investigators, she said.
A fourth suspect, Michael Hill, is sought by Monroe County deputies on a charge of receiving stolen property, Tanner said.
Latimer is being held at the George County Regional Correctional Facility.
Sargent, Camp and Pickle are held at the Monroe County jail.
Anyone with information about the crime or Hill’s whereabouts is asked to call the George County Sheriff’s Office at 601-947-4811, or give a tip online at Crime Stoppers at mscoastcrimestoppers.com or at GeorgeCountyMSSheriff.com.