Friday, December 14, 2018

Crime Spree in Raymond?

The Raymond Police Department posted the following statements on Facebook earlier this week. 


Please stay alert and watch out for your neighbors. There has been a dramatic increase in house burglaries all over Hinds County and Raymond is no exception. We have had two houses broken into in Raymond as well as a stolen vehicle over the past few weeks. A suspect was arrested last week but his partners are still on the loose and still on their crime spree. If you see anything suspicious please call 911 immediately and report it. Most of these crimes are happening in broad daylight so there is a good chance that someone has seen something.

  Since there is a lot of misinformation being put out and a lot of questions being asked I will do my best to share the information I have so far. I’ll share what I can without jeopardizing the investigation or violating the rights of the people who have been victimized. Crime victims have a right to privacy and I will not disclose names or addresses of those victims. With that being said here is what I can share. 
 
On November 25 we had a Jeep stolen on McClendon Cr. That suspect went to the Bolton area and attempted to rob a victim at gun point. The Jeep was recovered in Clinton after a citizen saw the crime happening and chased the suspect. The suspect was able to get away at that time. 

 
On December 1st a victim was robbed at gun point in her driveway on Trace Circle which is about 2 miles outside our City Limits. These types of crimes with people being robbed in there driveway has happened in the Raymond area, Bolton area, and in the City Limits of Terry. 

 
Last Wednesday December 5th a house was burglarized on West Main Street inside the City Limits of Raymond. That same day a house was burglarized on Pine Hill Dr right outside the City Limits. 

 
On December 7th a suspect was arrested and charged with the armed robberies and has been connected to some of the burglaries that have occurred in other parts of the county. He was positively identified in a photo lineup by some of the armed robbery victims. He is still in jail. 

 
Yesterday, a home was burglarized on Gillespie St in Raymond and another on Raymond Bolton Road right outside Raymond. There were also at least two others reported in the Utica area of the county. 

 
We believe that the suspect who was arrested last week is part of a group. Although he confessed to some of the crimes he is not cooperating with investigators by giving names of any of his accomplices. We are working to identify them. I do not have accurate details on how many homes have been burglarized or the locations of all of them in the county or other municipalities. That information would have to come from the Sheriffs Department or the other agencies involved. What I do know is that Terry, Byram, Utica, the Edwards area and everywhere in between has been hit with house burglaries. One of the vehicles used was recovered last week in Jackson and it had been stolen earlier that day from Byram. We believe they are using whatever vehicle they can steal that day and changing vehicles frequently. The suspect who was arrested had a Jackson address. I will not give his name at this time due to the ongoing investigation. His name may have been released by some news outlets but I’m not positive.
All the burglaries that I am aware of have happened during the daytime when people where not home. 

 
The Raymond Police Department is working closely with all the other agencies involved in trying to find those responsible for these crimes. Sheriff Victor Mason reached out this morning and offered to assist Raymond PD in any way they can and will be providing extra patrol in the areas surrounding Raymond. I have brought in extra officers to have more officers on the streets of Raymond until these thugs are caught. 

 
The most important tool we have are the citizens looking out for their neighbors. Please report anything you see that seems suspicious. We would rather run to 100 calls and it turn out to be nothing that to respond to one more of our citizens being victimized. We will be doing saturated patrols and setting up checkpoints. Please be patient if you have to go through a checkpoint a few times and just know that we are doing it for a reason. Unfortunately I had to leave town today to attend state mandated training but I have made sure we will have plenty of officers on the street.
I hope this answers most of your questions but that is all the information I can give at this time. 

 
I’m sure there will still be people asking lots of questions so just know that if I do not respond it’s because I am in training the rest of the week. 

 
Chief Jason Crotwell
Raymond Police Dept.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just about everybody I know in that part of Hinds County is carrying. Not because of this recent crime spree, but its just who they are. These crooks are going to rob the wrong person pretty soon.

Anonymous said...

Some of S. Jackson's finest are busy, busy. Lock and load, and cap some thugs as necessary.

Anonymous said...

It seems to be a lot more crime around the holidays.

Anonymous said...

This has been rampant in the county since Mason took office, Churches and homes.
Patrol is only working at 30-40%. Mason puts certified deputies to work in the jail, because of the DOJ's investigation, it's only staffed at 12%.
So Deputies are quitting because their not jailers/ corrections..Their road deputies.
So this crime spree will continue until we get another Sheriff in office. These thugs know, there's nobody patrolling the County or the town of Raymond.
Unfortunately, it's gonna spew all over the Hinds County area and the other small towns until there is coverage.

Anonymous said...

Jason, we like you and all. But you just don't have the budget or man power to provide extra patrol.
Victor's just giving you lip service as well..
I know their not gonna give any extra effort to your city, because they can't even patrol their own county and deter their own burglaries.
Stop being PC for Masons sorry, soon to be civally convicted ass.

Anonymous said...

Bad guys are merely celebrating the November election of two new soft-on-crime circuits judges to join Tomie Green and Kidd. They've already got it figured out that if you do the crime in Hinds you're unlikely to do much, if any, real time.

Anonymous said...

Crotwell, who obviously doesn't know when to use 'their' or 'there' not only wrote the memo but at least two of the above posts.

Anonymous said...

If Victor Msaon would hire a full patrol staff and quit putting them all to working in the jail where we could have good patrol deputies actually patrolling the streets then you would see a reduction in this type of crime. Victor’s not smart enough to do that. That’s why you won’t be re-elected Victor.

Anyone wonder why he is so absent minded...you are about to find out with the upcoming trials where he will be exposed for trying to hump his staff members, who will be cut big checks by the tax payers for their pain and suffering. Imagine if your boss told you, hump me or be fired, how would you feel.

This is what you have with Victor.

Anonymous said...

@10:22 AM, do tell - more.

Anonymous said...

Since Victor won’t pay top dollar for his road deputies he doesn’t get the cream of the crop applicants to start with. Then he sends those that hire on to work in the jail since he has no idea how to staff that facility. Thiey of course quit shortly there after, most of the time before they are even fully trained. A complete waste of county money, and you essentially never have anyone on patrol like you used to have back in the Mcmillon era.

This is bad enough, but it gets worse...

He’s also sticking you with the expense of covering for his inability to keep his pants zipped around his staff. They have all of his text and other advances documented in their federal lawsuits coming up. You will get to pick up the tab that the county will pay them.

Pretty sad, you pay restitution to victims of the Sheriff after he tries to hump them on the job, then you get screwed by your stuff being stolen because he doesn’t know how to staff services that you are paying the county to provide.

Talk about taking it from both directions...

Anonymous said...

Victor Mason won't run for Re- Election. He'll blame his prostate cancer has advanced, so his health is bad, so he'll announce he's not running, once he's convicted is his sex cases..
Spooner will do more than fine taking the reigns for the next 8 yrs..

Anonymous said...

Raymond PD and Hinds County SO just caught 3 in the act today! Great job working together to get it done!

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