By Jeremy Pittari, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Thursday afternoon a community member charged with watching over a home under construction noticed suspicious activity that resulted in the capture of two suspects who were charged with commercial burglary.
At about 3:20 p.m. deputies with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department were called out to a home under construction on Burnt Bridge Road after the friend of the homeowner noticed two men loading items into a truck at the home, said Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier.
As the complainant called in the crime, she pulled up to the men and asked what they were doing at the home, at which time both men, later identified as 20-year-old Joel Ryan Anthony Raby of 56 Shorty Burgess Rd., and 42-year-old Jay Russell of 9060 Sojourne Walk, jumped in the truck and attempted to flee the scene, Saucier said.
However, during their escape the truck became stuck in the yard, forcing the two men to flee on foot, Saucier said. As Deputy David Bean arrived at the home to speak with the complainant, Sgt. Lance Spiers and Detective Scott Wagner patrolled the area to which the two men were believed to have fled, Saucier said.
After Spiers and Wagner spotted the two men, they left their patrol vehicles to capture the suspects on foot, which led through fields and over barbed wire fences, Saucier said.
Both Raby and Russell were captured by Wagner and Spiers and charged with commercial burglary, since the home was not occupied at the time of the crime, Saucier said.
He said the air conditioning unit and other metal items the suspects loaded in the back of the truck were recovered.