She took jewelry from a Vancleave home but didn’t make it past the driveway, sheriff says

Gretchen Fairley
Gretchen Fairley Jackson County Adult Detention Center

A woman who was trying to drive away after burglarizing a Vancleave home hit a road block and is now held at the Jackson County jail, Sheriff Mike Ezell said.

Ezell said the homeowner’s brother-in-law saw a Nissan Altima at the home on Monday afternoon and blocked the driveway so the driver couldn’t leave.

Sheriff’s deputies discovered the driver of the Altima, 38-year-old Gretchen Fairley, had two bags of items taken from the home, including some jewelry, Ezell said.

Ezell said Fairley was also in possession of a narcotic.

Fairley may have gotten access to the home from an unlocked window, Ezell said.

Fairley was arrested on a felony charge of burglary and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and possession of a controlled substance.

Ezell said authorities are investigating to see if Fairley could be connected to a string of other burglaries in the area.