Six Picayune residents charged for theft of boat motors

Published 7:00 am Friday, September 2, 2016

The Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department made multiple arrests for the theft of seven boat motors that occurred over the past couple of weeks.

Chief Investigator Marc Ogden said he began receiving calls regarding missing boat motors on Aug. 28.

“The investigation led us to identify suspects that may have been taking these motors in the Walkiah area,” Ogden said.

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The boat motors were reportedly stolen in the south end of Pearl River County, Ogden said.

The first two suspects were identified as Kyle Watts, 18, of Picayune, and Vincent D. Cipriano, 25.

After further investigation, Ogden said he soon verified that the suspects sold the stolen property, which was later recovered by the sheriff’s department, Ogden said.

Witness statements and other evidence, steered investigators to four other suspects allegedly involved in the thefts, he said. These suspects included Watt’s mother, Bridget D. Watts, 35, of Picayune; Madyson Mitchell, 19, of Picayune; Tina M. Alligood, 23, of Picayune; and Carrie L. Alligood, 19, of Picayune.

The sheriff’s department secured arrest warrants for each of the suspects and arrested all but one on Wednesday, Ogden said. Ogden and the sheriff’s department are still searching for Cipriano, who has felony warrants out for his arrest with the sheriff’s department.

Ogden said each suspect was charged with grand larceny and conspiracy of grand larceny. Other arrests may be made at a later date, Ogden said.

The investigation is still ongoing.