Bay police aim to bust burglary ring
By Dwayne Bremer
Jan 11, 2013, 18:13
The Bay St. Louis Police Department has developed several new leads this week in a string of break-ins as the number of burglaries continues to rise.
Police Chief Mike De Nardo said Thursday that police believe "several" people may be involved in the burglaries during the past few weeks.
The number of burglaries has now reached 12 in Bay St. Louis alone, he said.
"We think these suspects are hitting houses in Bay St. Louis, Waveland, and in the county," De Nardo said. "We think there are several people involved. We have been working around the clock with the county and Waveland to try to catch these people."
areas of the city, he said.
De Nardo said he believes the suspects are "casing" houses before robbing them.
Most of the homes robbed in Bay St. Louis are in the Garden Isle and Shoreline Park areas, he said.
None of the homes that were broken into were occupied, he said.
"They have been going around knocking on doors to see if anyone is home," De Nardo said. "If nobody is there, then they are breaking down the door and going in."
De Nardo said the robbers are mostly stealing electronic equipment such as televisions and DVD players.
The burglars are hitting homes during the day and night, he said.
De Nardo said residents should try to stay alert and report any suspicious people in their neighborhood.
He said anyone with information about the burglaries can call BPD at 228-467-9222 or 228-255-9191.
CrimeStoppers has also issued a reward for the arrest and conviction of any suspects involved in the break-ins.
Residents can call CrimeStoppers at 1-877-787-5898.