Two charged in burglaries

Published 7:00 am Friday, August 22, 2014

A Facebook post of an image captured with a surveillance camera led to the arrest of two suspects for their involvement in a series of residential burglaries.

Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department chief Deputy Shane Tucker said the case led to the arrest of 20-year-old Joseph B. Schexnayder, and 35-year-old Tiffany B. Reid, both of 3007 Jackson Landing Rd. On Aug. 15.

Reid was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact to residential burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, while Schexnayder was charged with three counts of residential burglary, Tucker said.

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Each are currently being held on $30,000 bonds for their charges, Tucker said.

The charges stem from residential burglaries conducted in the county, including one reported earlier in August on Luther Davis Road where a surveillance camera was stolen from a garage. Tucker said the camera captured the image of the suspect, which was recorded on a separate device. The image was shared with the sheriff’s department and used to establish Schexnayder as a suspect via a post on Facebook, Tucker said. That post led to a tip that Schexnayder was living with Reid on Jackson Landing Road.

Det. Juan Martinez took that tip and headed to that Jackson Landing Road address, allowing him to positively identify Schexnayder as the person in the image, Tucker said.

The investigation determined Schexnayder was responsible for the theft of the camera, which involved him throwing the camera into the woods after taking it and a pink BB gun, Tucker said.

Further investigation located several other items in Schexnayder’s possession that were reported as stolen in burglaries.

Assistance in the investigation by Det. Lance Spiers led to the discovery of the items in Reid’s home, Spiers said.

The items were later determined to have come from burglaries of two homes on Sam Powell Road, and consisted of a bicycle and tools and a lawn mower and CD player, Spiers said.