Crime

Pass Christian, D'Iberville firefighters arrested in golf cart theft

John Adam Noble
John Adam Noble

Two Pass Christian firefighters have been arrested in connection with the theft of a golf cart, Pass Christian police Chief Timothy Hendricks said.

Jason Hair, 37, and Adam Noble, 34, were taken into custody Tuesday. Hair is a full-time firefighter in Pass Christian, and Noble is a part-time firefighter in Pass Christian and a full-time firefighter in D'Iberville.

According to Hendricks, Hair was arrested on a grand larceny charge in connection with the Sept. 30 theft of a golf cart from a home in the Timber Ridge subdivision.

Noble, he said, was arrested on a charge of receiving stolen property in relation to the theft.

The initial theft was caught on video in the subdivision, he said. Investigators were able to pull some still images from the video and received other information that assisted in the probe.

Hendricks described the arrests as "shocking" because of the positions the firefighters hold in South Mississippi.

"This incident is sickening to our community," Hendricks said. "However, we are dedicated to truth and justice and will be as forthcoming with further details as they become available."

The investigation is ongoing, he said, and search warrants are being served at different locations, though he would not elaborate.

"This has been broader investigation than we initially thought it would be," Hendricks said. "Once we get the results from the search warrants, we will release more information. There may be more defendants and more charges than we first thought."

After the arrests, both men were taken to the Harrison County jail. Justice Court Judge Diane Lander set their bonds at $10,000 each, and they were released from custody.

D'Iberville Fire Chief Gerald Smith did not wish to talk Tuesday about Noble's arrest. But, he said, they will take "whatever actions are necessary" once they know all the facts in the case.

Noble started working part-time in Pass Christian in 2002, and was a full-time firefighter in D'Iberville. Noble, a lieutenant at the Pass Christian department, started working there in May 2002.

Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner set the bonds at $10,000 each.

Noble and Hair bonded out of the Harrison County jail shortly after they were booked.

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