Ocean Springs police: 2 juveniles arrested in string of auto burglaries

An Ocean Springs police sergeant saw two juveniles take a scooter and helmets from an apartment complex Wednesday morning, and police say the boys are also suspects in two auto burglaries in Jackson County.

Police Capt. William Jackson said Sgt. Joel England watched the boys, dressed in dark clothing, jump a fence to gain entry to the Armand Oaks apartment complex.

The boys were observed taking a scooter from the back porch of a unit and taking it into the woods to store it, Jackson said. Then England watched them come back to the unit and take helmets.

England arrested the juveniles on a petty larceny charge, but further investigation revealed the suspects were also responsible for two auto burglaries, Jackson said. The auto burglaries were on Tuesday and early Wednesday morning.

Sgt. Matthew Morvant gathered enough evidence in the investigation to obtain a search warrant for the juveniles’ property, Jackson said, and police found items from other auto burglaries reported in the last 60 days.

Jackson said both boys were arrested and the cases have been sent to Jackson County Youth Court.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @Journalism_J