Crime

A burglar who snatched items from homes was easy to catch, cops say. He was on house arrest.

Steven Myrick
Steven Myrick

You probably shouldn’t break into a building if you’re on house arrest, Pearl River County sheriff’s officials advise after making two arrests in connection to a string of burglaries.

It wasn’t a key witness or surveillance footage that helped break the case. It was actually information pulled from one of the suspects ankle bracelets, said chief investigator Marc Ogden.

Over the last two weeks in January, deputies were investigating burglaries at two residences and two more unoccupied trailers that were being used for storage on the 100 block of Pigott Lane.

Ogden said Steven Myrick, 46, was developed as a suspect over the course of the investigation.

Myrick told investigators that while he lived in the area of the burglaries, he did not have a hand in the thefts, Ogden said.

The deputies asked the Mississippi Department of Corrections to pull up Myrick’s house arrest ankle monitor information, “and when they did, we found out he was at each one of the burglaries,” Ogden said.

Jason Sanders, 41, was later developed as a second suspect in the alleged burglaries and confessed, connecting Myrick to the burglaries as well as leading authorities to the stolen property, Ogden said.

Ogden said deputies recovered four stolen guns, a pellet rifle, two knives, tools, jewelry, prescription medication and other miscellaneous items that were reported stolen.

Both Myrick and Sanders were arrested Jan. 29 on two counts of commercial burglary, two counts of residential burglary and three counts of conspiracy to commit residential burglary. According to the police docket, Myrick was also arrested on four counts of felon carrying a concealed weapon. Each of the offenses carries a $20,000 bond.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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