By Brian Livingston
Two of the three subjects who were being sought for the burglary of a Lauderdale County home have now been charged.
Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department Chief Dep. Ward Calhoun says Cleveland A. Burks Jr., 34, and 18-year-old Patrick L. King, have been charged with burglary. The third individual, a juvenile, had not yet to be apprehended as of Friday afternoon, according to LCSD Chief Investigator Casey McElhenney.
According to LCSD officials, deputies were called around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to a home located at 10625 Woods Road. When they arrived the homeowner told deputies three people were in his home when he came in for lunch.
The homeowner, John Cherepanya, told WTOK when he pulled up to the home he saw a strange car in his driveway. When he asked the driver what he was doing in the driveway, the car sped away.
The driver of the car, Burks, was caught almost immediately by deputies and about 30 minutes later the second, King, was taken into custody as he walked along a road near the victim's home. The third suspect, the unnamed juvenile, ran into the thick woods behind the home which started a manhunt that included the use of tracking dogs. Authorities said the youth's grandmother was supposed to bring him by the department Wednesday to talk to investigators but as McElhenney pointed out he has yet to show.
Several times deputies in the woods glimpsed the juvenile but because of the heavy underbrush could not get close enough to catch him. Tracking dogs would track and then lose the trail several times. Deputies and officers from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks were stationed at strategic points along Woods Road north to where it intersected with Highway 494.
At about 1:40 p.m. the search was called off.
Most of the property Cherepanya noticed was missing was quickly recovered including a handgun.
The cases for King and Burks will be presented to the next Lauderdale County grant jury.
By Brian Livingston
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