Because a suspect left her purse at the crime scene with all of her identifying information, the Sheriff’s Office was able to solve a recent burglary.

Pamela Denise Johnson, 55, 12340 Road 325, was arrested and charged with the burglary of a home being used for storage on Road 325 in the Linwood community last week.


The home was being used by the owner as a sort of flea market business and when deputies arrived they noticed that entry had been made through one of the windows at the residence, said Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell.

“The screen had been removed and then someone opened the window to gain access to the home,” Waddell said,

Waddell said deputies located several items stacked up outside of the window in a pile. He said that while the suspect was not in the residence, deputies did locate a bag, which contained identifying information for Johnson, including a Mississippi issued ID card and several other documents with her name on them.

Waddell said his office then made contact with Johnson and brought her in for questioning and the suspect admitted that she did enter the residence for the purpose of seeking shelter from the weather.

Waddell said Johnson then admitted to removing the items from the home and placing them outside with the intention of taking them.

Waddell said it was not clear if Johnson succeeded in taking items from the property, or if she simply left the items outside the window. Investigation is ongoing regarding whether any particular items are missing from the property.

Johnson was being held on a $5,000 bond, but has since bonded out according to the Sheriff.