A man sought in eight burglaries over two days in the Stark Bayou subdivision left his keys and his car in the neighborhood, which led to his arrest, police Capt. William Jackson said.
Allen Charles Bersonnett, 18, of Morris Noble Road in Ocean Springs, has been arrested on five counts of auto burglary and three counts of residential burglary.
The burglaries occurred between Sunday night and Monday morning.
Jackson said items reported stolen include firearms.
Patrol officers taking burglary complaints in the area about 7:45 a.m. Monday found some car keys and noticed a car parked “awkwardly” near a home. The car’s windows had been left open and its interior was drenched from heavy rain, Jackson said. The home’s residents said it wasn’t their car.
Investigators ran checks to determine the car’s owner.
“The car’s tag came back to Bersonnett,” Jackson said.
Investigators called Bersonnett to the police department to tell him they had found some of his property — his keys and car.
“He said he left the neighborhood because he thought he saw an unmarked car,” Jackson said.
Police arrested Bersonnett on two counts of auto burglary and an attempted home burglary. Further investigation led to arrests on the remaining counts.
The vehicles burglarized were not locked, Jackson said.
In one of the home burglaries, Bersonnett went in through a garage that had been left open, he said.
Residents reported the theft of handguns, rifles, loose change and personal items.
Jackson said some of the items have been recovered and returned to the owners.
Bersonnett was held at the Ocean Springs jail to await an initial court appearance.
Anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to call the Ocean Springs Police Department at 228-875-2211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.