Residents reminded to secure valuables and firearms
Clinton Police have arrested an individual wanted in connection to multiple burglaries in Clinton and the metro Jackson area.
Between February 8, 2019 and April 4, 2019, the Clinton police Department investigated nearly twenty (20) auto burglaries.
Of the reported burglaries, all thefts occurred as the result of unlocked vehicle doors.
The primary target of the burglaries were firearms being unattended in the vehicles being left unlocked.
With the aid of the Flowood, Mississippi Police Department, Clinton Police detectives were provided evidence that linked 18 year old Quanneic “Quan” Phillips of Jackson, Mississippi to the burglaries. Photographic and video evidence depicts Quan in possession of several stolen firearms, believed to have been stolen as a result of auto burglaries in Clinton.
Armed with arrest warrants issued by CPD, the US Marshal Task Force located and arrested Quan on April 10, 2019 on Dixon Road in Jackson. Additional evidence gathered by the CPD detectives determined that Quan was responsible for a residential burglary in Clinton, just one (1) day prior to his arrest.
Further evidence linked Quan to residential and auto burglaries in Jackson, Mississippi. As of June 4, 2019, Clinton Police have Quan charged with fifteen (15) counts of Auto Burglary, one (1) count of Trafficking in Stolen Firearms, and one (1) count residential burglary. Bond is set at $320,000.00.
In each of these cases, the cars were left open and provided an opportunity for theft.. It is important to be responsible and secure firearms in residences, as they should not be left in unattended vehicles. These stolen firearms will ultimately play a role in a violent crime. Firearms left in vehicles are the primary target for would be thieves.
Clinton Police are seeking the partnership of residents in reducing the opportunity for theft by locking vehicles and securing firearms in residences when not utilizing a vehicle.
Residents are reminded to lock doors at your residence or on your vehicle. Vehicle doors left unlocked provide an opportunity for someone who most likely wouldn’t have forced entry into a locked vehicle.
Police Chief Ford Hayman noted that, more often than not, auto burglaries are the result of vehicles being left unlocked.
“An unlocked vehicle is an opportunity for a thief, especially if valuables are left in plain view,” Hayman noted. Aside from locking your vehicle, take a moment to remove valuables: wallets, purses, guns, electronics, sporting equipment, etc. from your vehicle. Removing and securing your property is eliminating an opportunity for a thief.”
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