Three Charged In String Of Oxford And Lafayette County Burglaries

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(Lafaytte County, MS) A Memphis man is among three people behind bars, charged with a series of burglaries in Oxford and Lafayette County.

They were arrested Tuesday at a home south of Oxford where lawmen found stolen merchandise taken in several recent burglaries.

The three could face more charges in connection with a number of unsolved break-ins.

"It was kind of shocking, you know. It looked like something off of "cops" or something you would see on tv."

Travis Taylor watched the "real life" drama unfold Tuesday just a few houses from his.

That's when lawmen stormed this address and arrested three men,  recovering a large amount of stolen property,

Taylor says there was a lot of activity in front of the house,

"There was probably eight or nine, maybe ten undercover vehicles in the street."

Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin says the items were taken in several recent burglaries in Oxford and Lafayette County,

"TV's, musical instruments, computers, guns and there were also drugs in the house."

Lamarcus Ezell of Vardaman, Jerry Johnson of Coldwater and Emmanuel Wallace of Memphis are charged with six counts of burglary.

Five of the break-ins happened during Thanksgiving at the University Trails Apartments in Oxford.

Most of the residents here are students at Ole Miss and were out of town when the break-ins occurred.

A lot of the stolen merchandise turned up at two Oxford pawn shops,

"They actually run print-outs of pawned items for us so we can check those."

Chief Martin says his department was also checking Emmanual Wallace's Memphis connections to see if stolen items may have ended up across the state line,

"I don't know of any pawn shop in Memphis, but we were headed in that direction."

No one answered the door on Twin Gates where the three men lived, even though there were two vehicles in the driveway.

But Ron Campbell hopse the arrests clear up a few burglaries that happened here recently,

"And the people living across here told me about a month ago they lost all their electronics out of their house: televisions and that disappeared."

The manager of The University Trails Apartments told News Channel Three off camera that there is a security guard on duty at the complex and more security cameras will be added.

The manager also said residents are reminded to use caution, especially during the upcoming Christmas holidays.