Arrest made in campus theft
Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 23:01
A Hattiesburg resident was arrested Tuesday, and one more is on the loose after the University Police Department responded to an on-campus theft at Barnes & Noble at Southern Miss.
Ricky Ricardo King, who is not a Southern Miss student, was picked up by UPD after a Barnes & Noble employee reported the theft of textbooks, University Police Chief Bob Hopkins said Wednesday afternoon.
Hopkins said two suspects allegedly entered the bookstore early Tuesday and were spotted stealing textbooks by an employee of the store. After reviewing surveillance footage, police were able to identify two suspects and begin their investigation.
Hopkins said police received another call later Tuesday afternoon alerting them that one of the suspects had returned to the bookstore. When police arrived, King allegedly fled the scene, running through out of the front entrance near the Walker Science Building. Hopkins said police chased King for approximately one block before arresting him. The textbooks were recovered by police.
The second suspect had not yet been arrested, and King was being held in the Forrest County Jail without bond Wednesday night.