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Men arrested for burglarizing cars in Clinton

Jimmy Hughes Source: Clinton Jimmy Hughes Source: Clinton
Larry Konnor Hawkins Source: Clinton Larry Konnor Hawkins Source: Clinton
CLINTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Clinton Police have arrested two men connected to multiple auto burglaries in Clinton.

On May 26, Clinton Police responded to a home on Beverly Drive for a theft that happened overnight. Simultaneously, officers responded to the report of two auto burglaries around the corner on Normandy Drive. 

Just before noon on the same day, Regions Bank contacted Clinton Police about a suspect, later identified as Jimmy Hughes, attempting to cash checks stolen from the auto burglaries that were reported on Normandy Drive. 

Clinton Police detained Jimmy Hughes at the bank and noticed exercise equipment in the back of his car hat was reported stolen from Beverly Drive. 

After being placed in custody, additional stolen property was identified as stolen from the Normandy Drive burglary. Clinton Police arrested Hughes along with a second subject, Larry Konnor Hawkins.

The Clinton Police Department has charged 20-year-old Hughes with two counts of auto burglary and one county of petit larceny. Additional charges could be pending against him.

Clinton Police have also charged 18-year-old Hawkins with two counts of auto burglary, one count of petit larceny and possession of a controlled substance. Additional charges could be pending against Hawkins.

Police say that in these cases, as well as most, the cars and garages were open and provided an opportunity for theft. Each car that was “broken” into was left unlocked with a wide array of property and valuables left in plain view.

The thieves were simply presented with an “opportunity” to steal property, according to police.

Clinton Police are seeking the partnership of residents in reducing the opportunity for theft. Partnering together will improve the quality of life in Clinton by reducing the opportunity for theft.

Residents are reminded to lock doors at your home or on your car. Car doors left unlocked provide an opportunity for someone who most likely wouldn’t have forced entry into a locked car.

Police Chief Ford Hayman noted that, more often than not, auto burglaries are the result of cars being left unlocked.

Also, remove valuables: wallets, purses, guns, electronics, sporting equipment, etc. from your car. 

Hayman also noted that the same rule of thumb applies to carports and garages. Residents are encouraged to take a moment and lower their garage doors even if they are only running across town on errands.

If you have an open carport, lock your valuable lawn equipment and property in a storage room.

Do not leave lawn equipment in your yard for extended periods of time. Deterrence and prevention can be easily achieved if you simply adhere to taking an extra moment and securing your property.

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