By Jeremy Pittari, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Five suspects face shoplifting charges after they were caught allegedly trying to steal $546 worth of video games and collector cards from the local Wal-Mart.
Picayune Police took the five suspects into custody after being called to the retailer on Tuesday, said Assistant to the Chief of Police Jeremy Magri.
The suspects are identified as 19-year-old Nigel Simmons of 515 E. Second St., 18-year-old Darrion Goggins of 1500 Bogan Circle, Apt. J-1; 18-year-old Jonathan Brockhaus, Jr., of 17 Big Valley Lane, Poplarville; 20-year-old Kyle Petrie of 11 Sadec Lane, Carriere and 19-year-old John Eation of 39 Shiveley Lane. All are charged with shoplifting, Magri said.
Officers arrived at the retailer to find employees had detained two of the suspects, Simmons and Petrie, Magri said. Moments later a third suspect, Coggins, was brought before the officer by another employee.
The rest of the suspects were stopped by another officer as they tried to flee the parking lot in a vehicle, Magri said. The employee identified all five as responsible for attempting to take more than $500 in merchandise that included Yugioh, Magic the Gathering and Pokemon collector cards in addition to a Nintendo DS game, Xbox 360 game and a Nintendo 3DS game, Magri said. A set of chef knives also were listed as stolen by the suspects.
During a pat down of Petrie, the officer found a bag of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, and a pipe believed to be used to smoke marijuana on Eation’s person, Magri said. Petrie was additionally charged with possession of marijuana while Eation faces the additional charge of possession of paraphernalia, Magri said.