LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) – A Columbus man is accused of burglarizing two Lowndes County auto dealers.
Chase Adam Fields, 31, was arrested by Lowndes County deputies on Sunday, November 26 on Highway 12 in Columbus.
On November 26, officers responded to Tousley Motors for an activated alarm.
Officers found broken glass from the business’ rear door. Lowndes County Chief Deputy Marc Miley says video surveillance showed a man using a hammer to break the glass in order to unlock the door and enter the business.
He says the man then went through files in the business’ office. The alarm then scared off the man.
When officers arrived, they couldn’t find anything missing from Tousley Motors.
Later that evening, officers responded to another burglary call at Allen Jones Used Cars in Steens. Miley says officers found an American Glass company truck in the business’ parking lot. The truck was reportedly stolen from American Glass.
The truck was equipped with a GPS tracking device which allowed investigators to determine where the truck had been throughout the day.
Miley says the truck had been at Tousley Motors, along with several businesses in the City of Columbus. It finally stopped at Allen Jones Used Cars.
According to the Columbus Police Department, officers found a credit card and a checkbook, along with a handgun, inside the vehicle. Police say the items were taken from Dr. John Field's dentist office. Police responded to Dr. Field's office, located on Old Aberdeen Road, and found it burglarized.
Officers checked Allen Jones Used Cars and left the scene. However, they returned after the owner of the business reported seeing a suspicious man.
Officers made contact with Fields and found him with keys to cars that were on sale at Allen Jones Used Cars. Columbus police say he was also in possession of another credit card from Dr. Field's office.
The investigation led to Fields’ arrest. The Lowndes County Sheriff's Department charged him with two counts of commercial burglary.
Columbus police charged him with three counts of burglary of a business, one count of felony taking of a motor vehicle, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.