Teens charged with auto burglaries

By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times

Two juveniles have been charged with committing auto burglaries in a Eupora subdivision.

Police Chief Gregg Hunter said the two male juveniles were brought in last Friday and charged in connection with a rash of auto burglaries in the North Lake Subdivision area.

The 15- and 17-year-olds are not local, according to Hunter. He said they are being charged with five auto burglaries and are suspects in others that been committed in the city. Their cases are pending in Webster County Youth Court and the matter is still under investigation.

The auto burglaries in the North Lake area occurred from late December through Feb. 17. All of the vehicles involved were unlocked, Hunter said, and the culprits rummaged through some but didn’t steal anything. Items that were stolen included small-caliber handguns, one of which has been recovered.

In an unrelated crime, a man was arrested Feb. 17 for burglary of a residential dwelling in the city.

Mark Pittman, 30, is accused of breaking into Paul Potts’ house at 1358 Adams Ave., according to an affidavit filed by Potts. The crime was reported as a burglary in progress at 7:35 p.m. that day, Webster 911 reports show. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 18; Pittman is also charged with parole violation.