Meridian Star

November 19, 2013

One arrest made in school burglary

The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — By Brian Livingston

    Authorities with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department said Monday they have charged one person in the burglary of Clarkdale High School.

    LCSD Chief Dep. Ward Calhoun said David Wesley Evans, 21, of Aycock Road in Meridian, has been charged with four counts of commercial burglary in connection with the burglary of Clarkdale High School last week. Calhoun said Evans was not issued a bond amount because he was already out on bonds from Newton and Neshoba counties. Evans is currently in custody in the Lauderdale County jail.

    Calhoun said the investigation is ongoing but investigators have been able to recover some of the items reported taken during the incident that occurred either late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

    "We have been able to find some computers and electronics but we are still trying to locate other items," Calhoun said. "We are working with other sheriff's departments in other counties to try and get back as much of what was reportedly taken as possible."

    Wednesday of last week investigators with the sheriff's department spent several hours at the school after it was reported several of the buildings had been broken into and the rooms were ransacked. Calhoun said at the time some laptop computers, school equipment and even some musical instruments were stolen from the school.

    Calhoun said Friday the investigation was expanding due to information provided by local residents. He said at that time sheriff's departments from other counties were notified to be on the lookout for the items reportedly stolen and anyone who may be involved in the burglary.

    Based on this information, Evans was taken into custody late Thursday and then charged a day later for his alleged role in the case.