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Southern Miss Police Arrest Suspect in Campus Auto Burglaries PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Contact David Tisdale, 601.266.4499   

University
of Southern Mississippi Police
today apprehended a suspect in connection with a series of auto burglaries that have occurred on campus in recent weeks.

Anthony Choice, 31, of Hattiesburg and a former food services employee at Southern Miss, was arrested by University Police this morning shortly after he came to campus to collect a paycheck. He has been charged with auto burglary and transferred to the Forrest County Regional Jail.

Prior to Choice’s arrest, an investigation led police to a Hattiesburg residence where Choice had been living, where evidence was discovered pointing to his involvement in the burglaries. Many of the stolen items were recovered in the investigation, which was aided by an eyewitness to one of the 12 reported burglaries. The Hattiesburg Police Department provided assistance with the case.

University Police urges members of the campus community to take the following steps to avoid becoming victims of an auto burglary:
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Do not leave valuables in vehicles; secure them in the trunk or remove.* Remove radio faceplates and store in a safe place.
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Keep vehicles locked at all times.
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Check your vehicle on a regular basis if it is only used periodically.
* Park in established, illuminated parking lots.
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Be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to police.
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Promptly call police if your vehicle has been burglarized, or you discover that property in the vehicle is missing.

For more information, or to make a report of suspicious activity or a crime, call the University of Southern Mississippi Police Department at 601.266.4986.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities.  In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world.  Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.
                                                                                  
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