Auto Thefts

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 23, 2008

BPD reports pair of weekend auto thefts

By Billy Davis

Batesville police, releasing their list of weekend crimes compiled by the department, reported a pair of automobile thefts.

Police said they do not have any leads from either robbery.

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In the first incident, a 2008 Dodge Charger was stolen from a home at 111 Trianon Street sometime after 9 p.m. Friday night. The automobile was found in the county, on Deer Creek Road, Saturday.

“The vehicle got stuck in the mud, and they left it,” Detective Paul Shivers said. “It looks like they missed the road, then hit a fence and got it stuck.”

The thieves used a .22 caliber rifle in the automobile and shot five holes in the car, he said.

A resident on Deer Creek Road discovered the abandoned car and notified the sheriff’s department, Shivers said.

The vehicle is valued at $21,000 according to the police report.

The car was reported stolen by Brandon Taylor. The automobile is registered to his mother, Brenda Taylor.

Shivers said Monday he is seeking help from possible eyewitnesses in the area of Deer Creek Road.

In the second incident, a 2000 Mazda Protégé was stolen during church services at Mt. Zion M.B. Church, a police report states. The automobile, which has not been found, is valued at $8,000.

Anyone with information about the automobile thefts should contact the Batesville Police Department at 563-3653.

Theft of an automobile is grand larceny in Mississippi and carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence and restitution costs.