At least three Walmart shoppers fell victim to a purse snatcher at the McComb store on Friday, city police said.

Around 11 a.m., Barbara Burris reported that a black male stole her purse while she was shopping inside the store, Detective Josh Brown said.

The thief reportedly snatched the purse, then left it in the clothing area. Brown said Burris found it shortly thereafter and noticed her wallet had been taken.

Gloster resident Donna Wilkinson told police that around 2 p.m. someone stole her purse when she left it in her shopping cart and briefly looked away.

Wilkinson told officers the purse contained several credit cards and about $400 in cash.

Varnado said Wilkinson’s credit card activity showed someone had made several purchases later at Lowe’s and other stores in the city.

Walmart employees reportedly told Wilkinson that she was the third person that day to report a stolen purse, Detective Deska Varnado said. Information on the third purse theft was not available.

In a separate incident, Sherrill Kelly reported a burglary around 2:40 p.m. Saturday at her home in the 800 block of Sedgewick Street.

Kelly told officers that someone entered her home through a rear window and stole her purse.

Here’s a roundup of other news from the area:


Sheriff's deputies responded to a burglary reported by a Gradyville Road resident on Saturday.

Chief Investigator Bruce Fairburn said someone reportedly entered Mylon Dil- lon’s residence and stole some home electronics.


Commander Tim Vanderslice of the Southwest Mississippi Narcotics Enforcement Unit reported a pair of arrests made in Pike County.

On Saturday, agents arrested 21-year-old Aaron C. Etheridge, 2573 Pricedale Drive, Bogue Chitto. Vanderslice said Pike deputies allegedly found about 12 grams of marijuana in Etheridge’s vehicle during a traffic stop on Alford’s Bridge Road around 2:30 a.m.

Also arrested was passenger James Michael Crosby, 22, 2035 Parkhill Lane, Bogue Chitto. Both were charged with possession of a controlled substance. They remained in the Pike County jail this morning with no bond set. 

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