By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
The Webster County Sheriff’s Department has made three arrests in connection with a set of burglaries in the northwest part of the county.
The burglaries occurred in the Center and Edgeworth communities, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
The first arrest was of Elizabeth Thompson “Beth” Taylor from Webster County on Feb. 13.
Taylor, 43, was charged with trespassing and burglary of an unoccupied dwelling. Arrested Feb. 16 were Joe Dave McCleskey, 48, also from Webster County, and Robert Little, 42, from Grenada. Both men were charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and McCleskey is additionally charged with trespassing.
Taylor was released from the Webster County Jail on Feb. 15 and McCleskey on Saturday, both on bonds totaling $21,000. Little, who is on probation with the Mississippi Department of Corrections for possession of precursors, remains in jail as with a “hold” from Grenada County.
According to Justice Court affidavits filed by David Morelan and Investigator Landon Griffin of the WCSD, one of the burglaries occurred Jan. 13 at Morelan’s camphouse on Center Road and the trespassing occurred Feb. 3 at the same location. The latter affidavit alleges that Taylor and McCleskey were caught on camera trespassing and that Morelan’s father saw them there.
In an unrelated case, the sheriff’s office arrested Zack Kelly, 31, on Feb. 17 on a charge of burglary/breaking and entering a house. He remained in jail as of Monday on a $10,000 bond.
As of Monday afternoon, no affidavits were on file in Justice Court regarding the Edgeworth burglary or the one with which Kelly is charged. Griffin said investigations are ongoing in all of the cases and that additional information will be released later.