Picayune Police arrest woman for larceny warrant, two men for drug offenses

Published 7:00 am Saturday, January 26, 2019

Officers arrested a woman for a warrant out of another jurisdiction for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from a retailer and two other people were arrested for drug related offenses.

According to departmental reports, Picayune Police officers were sent to the Welcome Center on Interstate 59 on Jan. 11, to speak to a woman who wanted to turn herself in for the warrant out of Franklin County, Missouri.

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When the officers arrived, they spoke with 63-year-old Karen Faye Wahl of 33 Big Springs Rd., New Florence, Mo., who handed them a purse containing $144,433 in cash that had allegedly been stolen from a Franklin County retailer. The report states that she was arrested on the grand larceny warrant without incident.

In a separate case worked the next day, officers patrolling the area of Mitchell Street in Picayune noticed a man acting suspiciously, crossing the street from one side to the other repeatedly. Officers pulled up to the man, later identified as 39-year-old Akinsola Lorenzo Berry, of 1466 Highway 84, Collins. As soon as the officers turned on their blue lights, Berry fled on foot down Mitchell Street, turning into a field.

One officer gave chase on foot, while the other used a patrol car, the report states. During the foot pursuit, the officer saw Berry discard several items. After the officer caught up with Berry and attempted to take him into custody, Berry struggled, breaking the officer’s body camera. A search of the area after Berry was detained located a key chain containing a plastic bag with a crystal like substance suspected to be methamphetamine, the report states. Berry was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, malicious mischief and for a hold with the Mississippi Department of Corrections, the report states.

On Jan. 16, an officer driving a patrol vehicle through the parking lot of a local fast food restaurant late at night noticed a vehicle pull out of a parking spot and almost collide with his cruiser. The vehicle then accelerated abruptly, prompting the officer to attempt a traffic stop. However, the driver refused to stop and instead sped toward the nearby shopping center before slowing slightly in front of Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The driver and passenger jumped out of the still moving vehicle before fleeing on foot. The report states that the vehicle continued to roll until it struck the front of the building, breaking the windows and causing damage to the brick.

Both suspects fled toward the area of Grande Oaks Apartments, with the driver escaping through a hole in the fence and the passenger attempting to jump another section of fence. The officer employed an electronic control device to take the suspect, later identified as 27-year-old Darryl Keith Anthony, of 5922 Preacher Oak Lane, Slidell, La., into custody.

A search of the area where Anthony attempted to jump the fence found a plastic bag with a rock like substance suspected to be crack cocaine, leading to his arrest for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute within 1,500 feet of a school or church and disorderly conduct failure to comply, the report states.