The Meridian Star
By Brian Livingston
As investigators continue to process information they collected Wednesday from a burglary at Clarkdale High School, Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department Chief Dep. Ward Calhoun said Thursday afternoon the investigation is gaining momentum with help from the public.
"We received some information that looks really promising," Calhoun said. "We are optimistic with this new information and believe we are going in the right direction."
Calhoun said residents in the community of Clarkdale provided investigators with new information and he stressed the importance of having the public's assistance in criminal cases.
"So many times our investigations hinge not on what we collect at the scene but what people give us after the fact," Calhoun said. "This case is another example of that and we certainly appreciate that help. It speeds up the investigative process and helps us to get the perpetrators into custody quicker."
Investigators with the LCSD were at Clarkdale High School Wednesday morning collecting evidence in the burglary in which one or more persons ransacked several classrooms and stole several items. Calhoun said some laptop computers, school equipment and even some musical instruments were taken sometime late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.
Other items taken from the rooms were later found outside the buildings and were apparently left behind by the burglar or burglars.
Calhoun didn't say whether or not anyone was in custody. He did say hew was confident one or more arrests would be made soon.