On May 26, 2016, Clinton Police responded to a residence on Beverly Drive for a theft that occurred in the overnight hours of May 25-26. Simultaneously, officers responded to the report of two (2) auto burglaries around the corneron Normandy Drive. At approximately 11:54 A.M.on May 26, Regions Bank contacted Clinton Police and advised a subject identified as Jimmy Hughes was attempting to cash checks stolen from the auto burglaries that were reported on Normandy Drive.
Upon arrival at Regions Bank, Clinton Police detained Jimmy Hughes. While detaining Hughes, officers noticed exercise equipment in the back of Hughes vehicle that was reported stolen from Beverly Drive. After being placed in custody, additional stolen property was identified as stolen from the Normandy Drive. As a result of the investigation Clinton Police arrested Hughes along with a second subject identified as Larry Konnor Hawkins.
The Clinton Police Department has charged Jimmy Wayne Hughes, 20 YOA, of Clinton, Mississippi with two (2) counts of auto burglary and one (1) county of Petit Larceny. Additional charges could be pending against Hughes.
Clinton Police have charged Larry Konnor Hawkins, 18 YOA, of Clinton, Mississippi with two (2) counts of auto burglary, one (1) count of petit larceny and possession of a controlled substance (schedule 1). Additional charges could be pending against Hawkins.
In these cases, as well as most, the cars and garages were open and provided an opportunity for theft. Each vehicle that was “broken” into was left unlocked with a wide array of property and valuables left in plain view. The thieves were simply presented with an “opportunity” to steal property.
Clinton Police are seeking the partnership of residents in reducing the opportunity for theft. Partnering together will improve the quality of life in Clinton by reducing the opportunity for theft.
Residents are reminded to lock doors at your residence or on your vehicle. Vehicle doors left unlocked provide an opportunity for someone who most likely wouldn’t have forced entry into a locked vehicle.
Police Chief Ford Hayman noted that, more often than not, auto burglaries are the result of vehicles being left unlocked.
“An unlocked vehicle is an opportunity for a thief, especially if valuables are left in plain view,” Hayman noted. Aside from locking your vehicle, take a moment to remove valuables: wallets, purses, guns, electronics, sporting equipment, etc. from your vehicle. Removing and securing your property is eliminating an opportunity for a thief.”
Hayman also noted that the same rule of thumb applies to carports and garages. Residents are encouraged to take a moment and lower their garage doors even if they are only running across town on errands.
If you have an open carport, lock your valuable lawn equipment and property in a storage room. Do not leave lawn equipment in your yard for extended periods of time. Deterrence and prevention can be easily achieved if you simply adhere to taking an extra moment and securing your property.