Burglary suspect caught with in hours

Published 11:38 pm Saturday, October 13, 2007

A good video surveillance system in a business could very well be a good investment, especially if it leads to the arrest of burglary suspects.

Peter Nguyen, owner of the Quick Stop on the corner of Beech Street and Jackson Landing Road, said his store was broken into during the night by a regular customer at about 12:30 a.m. Friday.

In the burglary, the glass on his front door was broken out and then the money in the register and some money in a coin box was taken. No merchandise is believed to have been taken in the incident, Nguyen said.

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A call came into the Picayune Police Department at about 1:30 a.m. after a passerby saw the glass broken out of the door, said Deputy Chief David Ervin. He said thanks to that passerby’s involvement, the suspect was captured. Community involvement such as that leads to a safer community, Ervin said.

Nguyen was called at about 2 a.m. about the incident, he said. Upon looking at the video on the security system, he saw the suspect appeared to be a regular customer of his.

A similar incident had taken place about two years ago where someone broke into his store to steal stuff, Nguyen said.

“We got him too,” Nguyen said. “We got a good camera system.”

The suspect was identified through the images taken from the camera system and he was captured within hours of the burglary, Ervin said. The suspect is identified as Ray Lather, 46, of 821 South Beech St. He has been charged with commercial burglary.

Nguyen said he thanks the Picayune Police Department for their help in catching the suspect.