JACKSON COUNTY -- A six-month investigation into pharmacy burglaries in Jackson and Harrison counties has resulted in the arrests of one Gulfport man and one Ocean Springs man, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said.
Michael Joseph Petty, 30, of Ocean Springs, and Kirk Saber Parker, 18, of Gulfport, were each arrested on one count of commercial burglary. They are accused of breaking into the Save Rite Pharmacy on Washington Avenue in the St. Martin community on Sept. 25.
Parker was arrested without incident at his home on Quail Creek Drive earlier this morning.
Jackson County sheriff's deputies, Moss Point and D'Iberville police and agents with the U.S. Marshal's Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force picked up Petty on Oct. 5 on Biglan Bayou Drive. At the time of Petty's arrest, Ezell said, authorities found a large amount of prescription narcotics on him. Officials believe the recovered narcotics came from several different pharmacies in South Mississippi.
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More charges are pending in the case.
Both men are being held at the Jackson County jail pending an initial appearance.
More charges are expected to be filed in the case.
The other targeted pharmacies have not been identified.
Commercial burglary is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
To report information, call Jackson County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Edwards at 471-1224, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at 769-3063 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.
The Sun Herald will update this story.