Meridian Star

February 28, 2013

Police arrest two for burglary

By Brian Livingston /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Two people were arrested Tuesday afternoon while they were allegedly in the process of burglarizing a Meridian home.

    Capt. Dean Harper, commander of the Meridian Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division, said Johnny W. Schrimpshire, 63, of 4815 Pacific St., and Verma J. Brown, 50, of 2012 34th Ave., were taken into custody at a residence. They are both charged with residential burglary and were placed on $25,000 bond each.

    Harper said at about 2 p.m., an alert neighbor called 911 Central Dispatch to report something suspicious occurring at a nearby home in the 3800 block of Seventh Street. When officers arrived on the scene, Harper said they found Schrimpshire and Brown at the residence. They were taken into custody without further incident.

    "This is a prime example of how effective citizens can be to help us fight crime," Harper said. "This person could have looked the other way but they felt it was their duty to call the authorities so we could check it out. Lo and behold that decision to be a good neighbor saved the homeowner a great deal."

    In an unrelated incident, Harper said charges have been filed against Gregory Alan Dillard II, 30, of Enterprise. Harper said Dillard was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Dillard's bond was set at $25,000.

    According to records obtained from the Lauderdale County Adult Detention Facility, Dillard was arrested and charged in August 2011 with possession of marijuana.