Two Covington County residents are in custody facing local charges involving a car wash coin box theft but are suspected in a multi-county felony crime spree, the authorities said.

Christopher Shoemake, 42, of 131 Flower Road, and Heather Clark, 34, of 1401 Vickers Drive in Collins, have been arrested and charged with one count of malicious mischief a piece in an incident here two weeks ago.

“We have a kind of a Bonnie and Clyde situation we are working on,” Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell said.

The two were arrested after Neshoba County Sheriff’s deputies received a report that the coin machine at the car wash at Bobby’s Country Store on Highway 16 had been broken into. 

Neither law enforcement nor the owners of the car wash know how much was stolen from the machine, though the owner has told the media that the cost repairing the machine was more than how much was likely taken.

Authorities identified the two suspects through surveillance footage and a license plate number.

The two have been denied bond and remain in the Neshoba County Jail.

Waddell said that in a preliminary hearing, Monday, the two were denied bond a second time after they were believed to be connected to felonies in other counties. 

Waddell said many of these crimes were related to car washes and similar businesses.

As recently as March the pair had turned themselves in to Stone County authorities in connection with a series of burglaries at area storage facilities, according to the Stone County Enterprise newspaper.