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December 15, 2021

Jones County deputies arrest alleged car thief

Therese Apel

Ivan Thomas

An arrest has been made in the alleged theft of a Chrysler 300 sedan stolen this past weekend from Professional Automotive on Eastview Drive in the Powers Community after the car was recovered in Moss Point.

Ivan Thomas, 29, was arrested in Moss Point on Tuesday and charged with possession of stolen property. He has been transferred to the Jones County Adult Detention Facility pending his initial appearance in Jones County Justice Court.

Thomas is the sixth person charged in relation to burglaries and three vehicle thefts at Professional Automotive. All three stolen vehicles and numerous equipment items have now been recovered.

“The investigation into the burglaries and vehicle thefts at Professional Automotive continues,” said JCSD Investigator Reuben Bishop.
“It has been a total team effort that involved Patrol, Investigations, Corrections, and the Administrative divisions. Sheriff Joe Berlin and Patrol Division Captain Scott Sims were out there searching for suspects, stolen equipment, and stolen vehicles along with deputies and investigators. Everyone at JCSD has done a great job as the investigation has spiderwebbed in different directions.”

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