By Jeremy Pittari, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Picayune Police investigators investigated a residential burglary case that led to the arrest of a suspect.
Assistant to the Chief of Police Jeremy Magri said officers were sent to a home on Williamsburg Road Wednesday morning after the home’s alarm system was tripped.
Officers arrived to find several windows in the rear of the home broken out and the front door ajar, Magri said. Officers entered the home to determine whether the suspect was still there, but the home was empty, Magri said.
Officers noticed the master bedroom had been rummaged through, and when the homeowner arrived, it was determined that a laptop computer and an iPad had been stolen from the home, Magri said. Blood was also noticed and collected at the home, where it appeared the suspect had cut himself while making entry to the home, Magri said.
While investigating the burglary, Picayune police investigators learned that the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department was investigating another residential burglary in the area, which may be linked to the one the police department was investigating, Magri said. He said after making contact with the sheriff’s department, the name of a suspect, 23-year-old Patrick Irvin of 881 Herring Dr., that agency was investigating was provided. Magri said Picayune officers went to speak to the suspect.
As the officers spoke with Irvin, they noticed he had a fresh laceration on his wrist, leading officers to collect DNA, which Magri said will be sent to the Crime Lab to match with the blood samples collected at the crime scene.
Continued investigation led to enough evidence to charge Irvin with residential burglary, Magri said. However, he said so far the stolen property has not been recovered.
Magri said the Sheriff’s Department investigation is continuing.