By Brian Livingston / email@example.com
The Meridian Star
Officials with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday afternoon two of the five juveniles arrested in November in connection with a series of car thefts and burglaries are now charged as adults.
Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun said Jamario L. Roach, 16, and Markeey L. Green, 17, were declared as adults Tuesday morning during court proceedings. Calhoun said the two teens are now being held in the Lauderdale County Adult Detention Facility awaiting further action. Calhoun said each of the teens is facing eight counts of auto burglary and seven counts of vehicle theft. Green is also charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the investigation. Roach was placed on $37,500 bond for all his offenses while Green's bond was set at $38,000 with a disorderly charge added on.
For about two weeks in early November, residents in the Van Zyverden, Pine Springs Road and Briarwood areas of the county woke up to find either their vehicles ransacked or missing. Calhoun said, in cooperation with authorities with the Marion and Meridian police departments, investigators were able to get a handle on the subjects, all of them juveniles.
Calhoun said the investigation revealed the incidents began as auto burglaries but because keys were left in the cars, the subjects decided to "borrow" the cars to travel to other locations to continue their spree.
The three remaining juveniles will remain with the juvenile court system, Calhoun said.