Suspect allegedly caught in the act

Published 1:26 pm Friday, May 8, 2009

A suspect who allegedly was stealing custom rims from vehicles in Picayune was caught in the act.

A press release from the Picayune Police Department states that officers patrolling the area of Seventh Avenue in a golf cart early Wednesday morning saw a suspicious young man apparently stealing rims from vehicles.

The officers saw the young man crouched behind a truck. A car jack was at the rear of the truck near the young man, the release states. The officers saw the young man, later identified as Timothy Nixon, 18, of 849 Herrin Dr., climb under the truck.

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Nixon was asked by the officer to come from under the truck and explain his intentions in the area. Nixon told the officers that he was delivering the jack to the a resident at the home. The officers then spoke with the resident of the home and asked the resident about Nixon’s explanation. The resident told the officers that Nixon was not supposed to be at the home.

A juvenile in a vehicle parked near the residence then left that vehicle and was stopped by the officers for questioning.

Officers searched the area near the home and found a Chevrolet Tahoe parked across the street with four concrete blocks under it. Further investigation into the matter linked Nixon and his juvenile companion to another rim theft at D.J.’s Automotive on April 21, the release states.

Nixon and the juvenile were charged with the attempted theft of custom rims on the Tahoe, which, due tot he value of the rims isattempted grand larceny, grand larceny for the theft of the rims from D.J.’s Automotive and possession of burglary tools, the release states.