September 27, 2021

Hattiesburg police seek alleged car thief

Therese Apel

Hattiesburg Police are asking for the public’s help in locating an individual who has active arrest warrants in an ongoing investigation.

Phillip Fishbein, 22, has three active arrest warrants for three grand larceny autos that occurred over the weekend.

Fishbein stole the following vehicles, which were left running or unlocked:

* A Ford Mustang from the 3700 block Hardy Street

* A Dodge Charger from the 6400 block of U.S. 98 (this vehicle has been recovered)

* A Nissan Versa from the 4100 block Hardy Street

Sumrall police posted on their Facebook page about seeing the Dodge Charger come through their community running cars off the road.

“There was an incident yesterday involving a stolen car that came through our town driving recklessly. One of our Officers observed the reckless driver run multiple vehicles off of the roadway as well as strike multiple vehicles. A vehicle pursuit ensued but due to the dangerous and reckless manner in which the suspect in the stolen car was driving, our officers backed off of the pursuit in an effort to avoid any injuries to the public. Officers drove up on multiple wrecked vehicles on Highway 589 near Epley Depot.

One of the wrecked vehicles was the stolen Dodge Charger. The driver of the charger fled on foot. Our officers rendered aid to those involved in the accident while awaiting medical response as well as help from Lamar County Deputies and the Highway Patrol. The nearest K9 available was from Hattiesburg Police so we awaited arrival and deployed a tracking K9.

The track led up to a point on the Trace where we spoke with a witness who stated that the suspect we were looking for was picked up by someone in a vehicle and fled the location. We will release more information soon in regards to the suspect. In the meantime we ask that you keep your vehicles and homes locked as a preventative measure. We have no reason to believe that the suspect is currently in our town but we do ask that you keep things secured and report any suspicious criminal activity to law enforcement.

We appreciate the patience of those who were stopped in traffic yesterday while we worked to get the roadway back opened up. We are also thankful that there were only minor injuries resulting from the felonious actions of the suspect(s).”

If you have any information on his whereabouts, please contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP.

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