RANKIN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Marc Cook of Rankin County plans to add one more trophy to his collection of deer mounts: an eight point buck he killed about three weeks ago. But if it weren't for some quick police work Tuesday night, he might have had to kill those plans.
Cook had never met 30-year-old Justin Hogan before. "After I killed the deer, he pulled up one day, asked if he could see 'em. We started talking about hunting and everything," Cook says.
Hogan had been admiring the deer's rack in the back of Cook's pickup truck. "(Hogan) said it's a good thing you're out here, because I would have lifted that, if you'd been inside," Cook tells us.
Tuesday night around 9 o'clock, Cook was in his carport when he heard a vehicle pull up to his house. He didn't think anything of it, thinking it was his son. Then when the truck pulled away, he knew something was wrong.
Cook came out to the driveway, and watched a truck disappearing up the hill. Cook's son returned home.
"(My son) said maybe he wanted them deer horns. I went and looked, sure enough they were gone," Cook says.
Police say Hogan had taken the rack. Cook's son gave chase, and a Brandon police officer got involved on Highway 471. "He clocked a vehicle for speeding, went to stop the violator. The individual fled. He turned onto Luckney Road," says Brandon Police Assistant Chief Christopher Butts.
The antler caper ended behind a house on Proctor Drive. Hogan bailed on foot, and had the antlers in his hand, but lost them in some weeds.
"With the assistance of Flowood Police and Metro One Helicopter, he was apprehended a short time later," Chief Butts tells us.
Cook got his antlers back two hours after they were taken. Right now they're off somewhere getting prepped for the taxidermist.
He commends the police teamwork. "They did a wonderful job. Professional folks," he says.
Hogan's charges out of Brandon include felony fleeing, speeding, reckless driving, and resisting arrest. His extensive rap sheet includes arrests for felony credit card fraud and auto burglary. He's being held on $10,000 bond, and his case will be considered by a Grand Jury.
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