Woman charged in Kemper burglaries
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 1:00 AM
A Neshoba County woman was among four people arrested by Kemper County authorities last week in connection with a burglary ring.
Leah Laird, 36, of Neshoba County as well as Shane Winstead, 41, and Wendy Wilson, 39, both of Lauderdale County, and Brandon Branning, 22, of Newton County were each charged in connection with the approximately 20 burglaries which occurred Kemper County.
Kemper Sheriff's Chief Investigator Robert Joyner said 13 of the burglaries were at dwellings now owned by Mississippi Power around the new coal plant. Joyner said none of the homes were inhabited at the time, and the items taken were left vacate by previous owners.
Stolen items ranged from water heaters and air conditioning units to refrigerators and stoves. Joyner said the total value of the stolen property was somewhere between $46,000 and $56,000.
"We originally recovered central air units and then we were able to find out who sold them from there," Joyner said.
"After that we were able to come up with a couple witnesses that led to more suspects."
More arrests are expected in connection with the burglary ring.