Robbery Spree Stopped

(DeSoto County, MS) Careful coordination among multiple north Mississippi police forces stopped a full-fledged crime spree over the weekend.

Today, 24-year-old Jon Bledsoe and 20-year-old Chris Joiner of Courtland, Miss., face multiple armed robbery charges.

It all started just after midnight Saturday at a Southaven convenience store.

”We get a call, 30 minutes after midnight Friday night, which is early Saturday morning, on an armed robbery at a convenience store at Airways and Church Road,” Southaven Police Lieutenant Mark Little said.

Minutes later, they heard another armed robbery call in Horn Lake that sounded exactly the same.

More followed, while police put out bulletins for a suspect car and tag number.

Sardis police caught up with them on Interstate 55.

Then, investigators learned the extent of the apparent crime spree.

”We’re talking about three. An individual robbery in Horn Lake, a robbery in Southaven, Senabobia. We believe these two individuals have been liked to a robbery in Batesville and one possibly in Oxford,” Little said.

That’s five in all.

Little says an observant victim and close cooperation helped catch the two suspects in a hurry.

”We always say there’s those times you might get away for a little while, but eventually we’ll catch up to you and that’s what happened,” he said.

The two could face up to 30 years on each armed robbery count.