Sheriff’s department looking for burglary suspect

Published 7:00 am Thursday, July 9, 2015

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The Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department is searching for 29-year-old George Austin Jones, address unknown, who is wanted for residential burglary and larceny.

Deputies originally arrested Jones on July 2for his involvement in two commercial burglaries. Through investigation of the case, detectives learned Jones was also allegedly involved in a residential burglary and car theft, Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said.

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Jones was charged with two counts of commercial burglary after he allegedly took items from two local businesses. On June 17, Jones took several tools, including a Polaris Ranger from Phillips Trucking Company. He allegedly removed a window to enter the business, Tucker said.

On July 2, Jones took various tools from a business located at the 100 block of Trey Thigpen Road. Deputies were able to recover a yellow Honda Foreman ATV, a Johnson outboard motor and LED lights, which were found in the woods near Thigpen Road. Jones attempted to steal a 1983 Toyota pickup truck, Tucker said.

The burglary was reported at around 8 a.m. after the complainant observed Jones burglarizing the business. Jones fled on foot before deputies arrived but was later arrested at around 1 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 11 and Jackson Landing Road, Tucker said.

Jones was in custody until he made bond on Tuesday. At that time, he fled from the local bonding company and stole a 2013 Ford F-150 at 51 Pine Grove Rd. The vehicle’s owner was able to track his location through the car’s GPS tracking device. The owner found the vehicle in New Orleans, La. and confronted Jones, who fled on foot, Tucker said.

Jones was last seen in New Orleans on Canal Street, Tucker said.

Jones is wanted for the vehicle larceny and a residential burglary that occurred on July 2.

When deputies arrested Jones that day they weren’t aware of his involvement in the residential burglary, Tucker said.

On July 2 at 8:15 p.m., deputies received a call from a complainant who said someone stole items from her home located at the 3000 block of Jackson Landing Road, Tucker said.

When the owner arrived home, she noticed a camouflaged shirt on the front porch. It’s believed Jones was wearing that shirt when he committed the commercial burglaries, Tucker said.

Investigators later learned Jones previously resided in that home. Stolen items include several medications, Tucker said.

Anyone with information about Jones’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department at (601) 798-5528.