Burglary suspect apprehended inside closed business

Published 7:59 pm Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Picayune Police Officers responded to a burglary alarm at approximately 9 p.m. Sunday at Gulf Coast Fashions on West Canal St.

Upon arrival the officers set up a perimeter around the building within two minutes, an inspection of the outside of the business indicated a possible burglary as officers observed signs of forced entry to the building. Officers entered the business through the area that appeared forced open.

The officers on the outside perimeter saw a suspect move inside the store as the police entered. The officers were given the description of the suspect and the direction he was moving. The officers gave several commands for the suspect to come out into the open with his hands visible, to which the suspect failed to respond.Officers then continued to search for the suspect until he located.

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The alleged burgler, Cordell Kuren Keys, 18, 131 Red Pine Rd., Gulfport, was apprehended hiding in the restroom of the business. Keys was charged with felony commercial burglary and taken to the city jail where he was booked.

This business had been the victim of a break-in just two weeks prior to this incident. Picayune Police Investigators are working on what may be a connection of the two incidents.

Chief Jim Luke praised the quick response of the police officers and their tactical training, which allowed the containment of the alleged burglar.