Two suspects jailed in alleged ‘Pink Pajama Bandit’ burglaries
By Dwayne Bremer
May 21, 2013, 23:20
The alleged "Pink Pajama Bandit" and his alleged accomplice were captured by law enforcement officials last week, after cops received a tip from a resident who recognized one of the suspects through the local media, Hancock County Sheriff's Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said Monday.
Authorities believe the Pink Pajama Bandit is Mervin R. Dedeaux, 36, of Pass Christian. He is suspected in burglaries in both Hancock and Harrison Counties, Grannan said.
According to investigators, Dedeaux allegedly broke into and robbed 2back-O-Town in Diamondhead On May 13. Dedeaux's alleged accomplice Lisa Ahrens, 40, apparently waited outside, Grannan said.
During the robbery, Dedeaux was seen wearing a pair of pink pajama pants and walking with a noticeable limp, Investigator Steve Saucier said last week.
The two also suspected in other burglaries in Hancock County, officials said.
Grannan said his office received a tip about Dedeaux last Thursday after someone recognized his likeness through local media reports.
Deputies set up surveillance at a residence where Dedeaux was known to stay and were able to locate the vehicle which Dedeaux and Ahrens allegedly used during the heist.
Investigators also learned that Dedeaux has a prosthetic leg and that he had been allegedly trying to sell some of the tobacco taken in the burglary.
Dedeaux and Ahrens were later arrested without incident, Grannan said.
Ahrens was transported to the Hancock County Jail and charged with two counts of burglary.
Dedeaux had an outstanding warrant in Harrison County for an unrelated burglary.
He was transported to the Harrison County Jail and Hancock County has placed a hold on him for the 2back-O-Town burglary and another unrelated burglary.
Grannan said the public and central dispatch were a big help in helping find the two suspects.
He said anyone who may know further information about Dedeaux and/or Ahrens can call the sheriff's office investigative offices at 228-466-6910 or central dispatch at 228-255-9191.