JONES COUNTY, Miss. - The following is a press release from Jones County Sheriff's Department.
On February 17, 2017, Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Mak’s Mini Mart in Eastabuchie for an apparent burglary.
18 weapons were discovered missing. Jones County Sheriff’s Investigators acquired surveillance video from the store that included images from inside and outside the building during the burglary.
The investigation continued as serial numbers of the stolen weapons were shared with other agencies.
On Monday, March 13, 2017, the Covington County Sheriff’s Department contacted Jones County Investigators about a gun brought in from a buyer who had suspicions about its origin.
The serial numbers matched those of one of the weapons stolen from Mak’s.
The gun was traced back to Forrest County and eventually to Jessie McGhee, 32. Forrest County Sheriff’s Department assisted Jones County Sheriff’s Investigators in going to McGhee’s residence and questioning him about the weapons. Also at the residence was William Landrum, 20 of Wiggins. Both denied having any involvement with the weapons. As the investigation continued, Jones County Investigators discovered a vehicle matching the description of the one in the surveillance video in the yard of a relative of McGhee’s. Following the initial contact of McGhee and Landrum, witnesses came forward and said both suspects were seen disposing of what appeared to be several weapons in a swamp behind McGhee’s residence, right after the authorities left the property. Forrest County searched the area and found 4 more of the weapons that were stolen, as well as the backpack used in the burglary. Authorities have since recovered 2 other weapons, bringing the total to 7 weapons recovered. There are 11 remaining stolen firearms for which are unaccounted.
On Thursday, March 16, 2017, McGhee came to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department to speak to investigators. He was taken into custody and charged with Commercial Burglary. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Landrum. He was taken into custody by Forrest County Deputies and charged with Commercial Burglary. McGhee and Landrum were transported to the Jones County Adult Detention Center and both had bonds set at $10,000 each. Further charges are possibly pending from Forrest County.
For any additional information as it comes available, feel free to contact Allyson Knotts at 601-428-3151.