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2 men in custody in Clinton may be tied to rural burglaries

CLINTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Clinton police say a flurry of arrests from a drug raid earlier this week is also bringing the agency closer to solving a series of house burglaries in the city.

It started as an investigation into drug activity at a house on Suzie Lane. Now, more charges could come from other law enforcement agencies, all because of a big break from one suspect arrested during that raid.

"I think we've cleared up a good bit of criminal activity that's been going around in Clinton, in proximity to Clinton, all the way up into Madison County," Clinton Police Chief Mike Warren said.

Warren's talking about nine arrests earlier this week, most from a drug raid on Suzie Lane.

The drug charges play second-fiddle to something else they discovered, though; 18-year-old Edward Burtts, who had one outstanding warrant for a house burglary a few months back.

"In the course of interviewing him the next day, we noticed that he was the bearer of that distinctive tattoo from the burglary of the Shell station the night before," Warren said.

That tattoo could easily be spotted in security footage from the early Monday morning burglary on Clinton Boulevard. That connection led them to one of Burtts' close connections, 20-year-old William Weeden.

Weeden had already been under suspicion after trying to cash stolen scratch-off phone cards at a gas station in Clinton, the same one authorities would later arrest him for burglarizing.

Warren says that's just the most recent crime these two committed.

"I'm told at least six, maybe as many as nine, north of Clinton and in south Madison County burglaries that have occurred, I'm gonna say over the last two or three weeks," Warren said.

On July 8, Jackson police officers could be seen seizing items from a house on Boling Street July 8, taking several people into custody.

Warren said one of those was Weeden, who was arrested and evidently bonded out of jail, only to land back behind bars this week.

"With this group of people here, we should have put a pretty good dent in a good bit of activity that had been going on," Warren said.

Warren said additional charges against Burtts and Weeden could come from Hinds County, Madison County and JPD, though none of the departments has confirmed any at this point.

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