JONES COUNTY, Miss – The Jones County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a burglary spree that began late Sunday, June 28 and ended early Monday morning.
Richard Camryn Bates, 21 of Laurel, along with two juveniles, both age 17, are suspected of breaking into West Jones Middle School and Fast Stop convenience store on Highway 15 North.
Deputies were dispatched to the Fast Stop after an alarm was triggered. An employee of the store said the front door had been shattered.
Approximately two hours later an alarm at West Jones Middle School on Springhill Road went off. Upon arrival, deputies saw damage to the front doors and offices. Authorities tell us a crescent wrench was used to break into the school. The football field house also received damage.
Deputies reviewed surveillance video from both scenes and identified the 2 juveniles. Further investigation allowed authorities to also name Bates as a suspect.
Bates was charged with two counts of Commercial Burglary. His bond was set at $10,000 dollars. The juveniles will have hearings to determine whether they will be charged as adults.
According to investigators, all three suspects were under the influence.