January 14, 2022

Wallet left at scene identifies grand larceny suspect in Jones County

Therese Apel

Joseph Davenport

A lost wallet led police to a suspect of a grand larceny in Jones County on Wednesday, officials said.

Joseph Davenport, age 32, was arrested on January 12th by Jones County Sheriff’s Department investigators and narcotics agents at a residence on Burnt Bridge Road in Pendorff Wednesday after he dropped his wallet at the scene where he and another male suspect are beleived to have been attempting to rob a barn.

“It makes it a lot easier when criminals leave their identification for us at the crime scene,” said Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin. “It’s not a real smart thing to do, but we greatly appreciate it.”

The suspects are accused of taking items from a barn on Augusta Road and placing them beside the roadway to load into a pickup. The property owner discovered the attempted grand larceny in progress and held both suspects at gunpoint. The unidentified suspect managed to escape in the pickup, believed to be a light-colored Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. Davenport fled on foot prior to the arrival of deputies.

Davenport’s wallet was left at the scene with a Mississippi ID card, an original Social Security card, a certified Mississippi birth certificate, and a work ID card with photo from a previous employer inside.

“We are glad to have one suspect in custody who is facing a MDOC probation violation in addition to a JCSD Attempted Grand Larceny charge,” said JCSD Investigator Wesley Waites, who is the lead investigator on the case. “The search for the second suspect continues with some promising leads.”

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