(Tate County, MS) Superheroes are supposed to fight crime, not commit crime, but four Tate County teenagers thought they’d turn the tables in a series of burglaries.
”I was just in shock. I came in and my whole front glass of my door was just shattered, glass everywhere,” said Pam Baker, who walked into work to find it a shambles.
Over one September weekend, the teens hit several area churches and a local store, stealing anything they could get, and covering their faces with a Captain America mask.
”I've never seen anything like this before, actually have not, since I’ve been at the sheriff’s department,” said Detective Eric Ainsworth of the Tate County Sheriff's Department.
They hit several churches, taking anything of value they could find, and detectives say they found a lot.
None of the Tate County Churches had any surveillance pictures or video, but these super hero criminals made at least one serious mistake -- they also hit the Dollar General Store in Senatobia.
That, along with a tip and the help of Senatobia Police, led to the arrest of four Tate County teenagers, many of whom are or were students at Northwest Community College.
Tate County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Louis Nash, Justin Bond, Rodger Cummins and Patrick McGee.
”We received a tip on where some of the possible stolen items might be and we were able to locate the items and recover 90 percent of everything that was taken from the churches” Ainsworth explained.
Now these trick-or-treat pranksters have a court date on Halloween for their costume caper.
Pam Baker says they’re likely to get more of a trick from the judge and treated to plenty of jail time.
”I don’t know what to say, it’s just sad,” she said.