Lawn crew provides information that leads to Waveland burglary arrest

Nicholas Champagne
Nicholas Champagne

WAVELAND -- A lawn crew's assistance identifying a vehicle leaving a burglarized home helped authorities identify and arrest a suspect in the case, Waveland Police Chief David Allen said.

Nicholas Champagne, 27, of Bay St. Louis was arrested Wednesday on a burglary charge.

Police said a lawn crew arriving Friday to mow the yard of a neighboring home reported seeing a black Ford Mustang leaving the burglarized home on Long Street. Officers traced the car back to Champagne.

Investigator Matt Sekinger said several rifles and shotguns were taken but have been recovered.

"This is a great example of what can happen when members of the community observe their surroundings and report suspicious activity," Allen said.

At the time of Champagne's arrest, he was out of jail on bond on one count each of possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamines, according to the Harrison County jail records. Agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics investigated that case. The two drug charges are pending grand jury review for possible indictments. Champagne had been released from jail on the drugs charges along with other misdemeanor offenses on April 28.

Champagne is being held at the Hancock County jail on a $50,000 bond.

To report information on a crime, call the Waveland Police Department at 228-467-3669 or Mississippi Coast Crimestoppers at 1-877-787-5898.