Crime

Police watched a man enter a vacant Gautier home. Then they found stolen property.

Michael Donald Byas, 27 was arrested Jan. 27 on a charge of burglary of a residence.
Michael Donald Byas, 27 was arrested Jan. 27 on a charge of burglary of a residence.

What police say happened Saturday was a classic case of great timing for authorities, and really poor timing for the suspect.

The Gautier Police Department reported that Michael Donald Byas, 27, was arrested about 2 p.m. Saturday after officers watched him enter a vacant home in the Hickory Hill area of North Gautier.

Once inside the home, police found property that was previously reported stolen. Byas was arrested on a charge of residential burglary and held on a $25,000 bond. Because of the stolen property, Capt. Casey Baxter said more charges are likely.

If anyone has more information on the crime, they’re encouraged to call Gautier police at 228-497-2486 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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