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Video: Arrests Made in Prentiss Courthouse Case, Shoplifting Ring

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Way

Way

Guynes

Guynes

Moore

Moore

PRENTISS COUNTY, Miss. (Press release) — A Narcotics Investigation leads to the solving of the Burglary of the Prentiss County Tax Assessors Office that was reported Jan 31, 2014 with four arrests, including a former employee of that office.

The Booneville Police was the lead agency in the Burglary investigation assisted by Prentiss County Sheriff’s Office, The State Auditors Office and MBI.

The initial arrest came on July 23, 2014 when Joseph Randolph Moore was arrested at a HWY 30 residence and charged with Drug and Weapons charges. We began developing leads from that arrest that led to three additional arrests Donna Lynn Way, 5,0 of Baldwyn, Steve M Gumm, 51, of Tremon,t and Gerald Christopher Guynes, 64, of Rienzi, including Moore, 47, of Wheeler.
All have been charged with Burglary of a Building, with addtional charges possibly coming forth after the case is presented to the next Grand Jury.

“Our investigator spent many late night hours wrapping up loose ends in this case culminating in these four arrests. We would also like to thank Corinth Police Department and Alcorn County Sheriff’s Office in arresting the Guynes (the last suspect arrested) on Thursday afternoon in Corinth,” Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar said.

Bonds have been set for Gumm and Way in the amount of $7,500 and both are free on bonds.
Both Moore and Guynes remain in custody. Guynes was under Federal Supervision and Moore MDOC Parole.

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Sheriff Randy Tolar with some of the recovered items.

Sheriff Randy Tolar with some of the recovered items.

Moody

Moody

In an unrelated case, Monday, Aug. 4, Dollar General Store in Marietta reported a shop lifting incident that had just occurred.

Prentiss County Deputies and Marietta Police responded. Marietta Police stopped the car that was occupied by two individuals including the shoplifting suspect, Justin Moody, 24, of Mantachie. He was arrested and charged with shoplifting and other traffic violations.

The female was released. Officers impounded the vehicle and later executed a search warrant, discovering hundreds of items in the truck that are believed to be shoplifted items.

Documents in the vehicle revealed that the pair were a part of a very methodical and organized ring that was operating in an area ranging from Fulton-Pontotoc and Booneville- West Point. Both individuals were under MDOC supervision at the time of the incident.