Juvenile caught burglarizing store

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department arrested a juvenile last week after surveillance video showed he burglarized T.J’s Convenience Store in Picayune.

On Aug. 14, deputies responded to the convenience store at 4:30 a.m. in reference to a commercial burglary after store employees noticed several items were missing when they reported to work that morning, Tucker said.

Deputies had previously responded to the store at 10:10 p.m. on Aug. 13 in reference to an alarm call. After searching the building, deputies didn’t find anyone inside the building, Tucker said.

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Through their investigation of the case, deputies found security video footage showing the burglar, identified as a 17-year-old male, pulling on the front door at 9:39 p.m. At 9:54 p.m., video surveillance shows the burglar inside the store but minutes later he was not in the cameras’ sight. The video then shows deputies entering the building at 10:10 p.m. and leaving at 10:15 p.m. The burglar doesn’t reappear in the video until 12:30 a.m. after deputies have already left, Tucker said.

The burglar entered the building by forcing a hole through the roof, Tucker said.

It’s unknown whether the burglar was inside when deputies searched the building, Tucker said.

The juvenile stole tobacco products and cash. All tobacco products and some of the cash were recovered, Tucker said.

The juvenile was arrested later that day at his residence nearby and was charged for commercial burglary, Tucker said.