Sheriff Alex Hodge recognized the suspect as 18 year old William Smith of the 100 block of Fred Ellzey Road.
It is believed that William Smith stole several metal equipment items and sold them at a local recycling center on or around February 5th. The stolen items were valued over ($500).
“The price of scrap metal has increased in price, therefore thieves are doing anything necessary to steal metal,” said Sergeant John Smith with the Investigative Unit.
Hodge added, “I encourage citizens who have property such as old cars, or farm equipment to secure these items and report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood or community by contacting the Jones County Sheriff’s Department at (601) 425-3147. You may also leave tips on our website at www.jonesso.com or Jones County Crime Stoppers at (601) 428-7867.”