Sheriff’s deputies need help finding burglary suspect
Published 7:00 am Saturday, August 22, 2015
The Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help with locating a suspect wanted for two counts of commercial burglary.
The case began on June 22 at 4:23 p.m., when deputies were dispatched to the 2400 block of Jackson Landing Rd., in the Nicholson community in response to the burglary of a camper trailer, Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said.
Upon arrival, officers spoke with owner of the camper trailer who informed them that a window on the camper was damaged, Tucker said. On that day, the owner went to prepare the trailer for a trip and noticed the damaged window, Tucker said.
The screen had been removed and was left inside the trailer, along with dirt and other evidence someone had been inside, Tucker said.
The owner further explained that the camper had been parked in the same area since April, Tucker said.
On May 26, the owner told deputies they observed a partially open door, but it didn’t appear entry had been made, Tucker said.
The owner filed a report on June 22, but at that time, deputies didn’t have any evidence and were unable to locate any leads, Tucker said. Nothing was stolen, although there was a mess in the camper, Tucker said.
On Aug. 18 at 7 a.m., deputies responded to the same address for the same reason, Tucker said.
The owner told deputies the same window had been damaged, which they had just replaced for $700, Tucker said. Like the first incident, nothing appeared to have been stolen, he said.
However, this time the owner provided deputies with a surveillance photo, Tucker said.
“You can clearly see a white female in the photo standing next to the camper where the slide out window is,” Tucker said. “We posted the photo to our Facebook page and received an overwhelming response from the community.”
The white female in the photo was identified as Candace Pendley, age and address unknown, Tucker said. She is a person of interest in two counts of commercial burglary.
Because the camper trailer is not considered an occupied residence, the charge is commercial burglary, Tucker said.
The sheriff’s department is actively searching for Pendley and is asking for the public’s assistance to determine her location, Tucker said.
“Our community has been very active in assisting our department with solving crimes through Facebook,” Tucker said. “We appreciate the willingness to get involved in catching people who break the law in our county. It’s definitely a joint effort.”
People with information about Pendley’s whereabouts are asked to contact dispatch at 601-798-5528.