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An arrest has been made in connection with the day-time of breaking and entering that occurred on the morning of January 18, 2013 on Azalea Lane in Natchez, MS.

William Ryan Magee, 21, of 3901 Ridgewood Road in Natchez, MS has been charged on one count of breaking and entering of a residence.

The complainant reported that, when she returned to her house on Azalea Lane after taking her child to school, she noticed that objects had been moved inside her home, a front window had been broken and the back door had been left open. She said she then she saw two white males running from the back of her house into the wooded area behind it. She also noticed an unfamiliar maroon Pontiac parked two doors down from her house on Azalea Lane. The vehicle was also unfamiliar to neighbors.

According to reporting officer, Deputy Tom Borum, while he was dusting the window and door at the home for fingerprints, a caller on Steamplant Road in Adams County reported that two white males had come to her door, asked to use her phone, claimed that someone had shot at them and that they feared for their lives. She offered instead to call the Sheriff and they asked her not to report the incident. She allowed them to make a call from her cell phone. She retrieved the number that they dialed from her cell phone, and gave a description of the two men to Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

A caller from Green Acres Road also reported two suspicious white males walking on the roadway near her house. She said that they suddenly darted behind her house and into the bayou on the west side of Green Acres Road. Her description of the two was very similar to the other callers’.

After towing the abandoned maroon Pontiac, two identification cards retrieved from the vehicle matched the description of the two men given by all three complainants and other eye witnesses. The telephone number retrieved from the Steamplant Road complainant’s cell phone led investigators to Magee’s girlfriend who then led investigators to Magee. On 1/23/13, Investigator Jerry Brown called Magee in to discuss his abandoned vehicle. During that interrogation, enough evidence was discovered that an arrest could be made in regard to the breaking and entering on Azalea Drive.

While Magee was being held on a $5000.00 bond in the Adams County Jail on the breaking and entering arrest, Adams County Circuit Court Judge Lillie Blackman Sanders issued a bench warrant for Magee for Contempt of Drug Court – Failure to Comply. Currently Magee is being held at the Adams County Jail.

Although one suspect is in custody, the other, a Michael Justin Gray, 21, is still at large.   

Anyone with information related to the crime is asked to call the sheriff's office at 601-442-2752. Anonymous tips are welcomed and honored.

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