WPSO arrests 2 for burglaries

Published 2:04 pm Thursday, November 2, 2017

In late October, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested two parish residents involved in residential burglaries in the Thomas community, according to Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the WPSO.

Haley said that Charles Timothy Martin, 39, of Cleve Kennedy Road, and Jennifer Leah Massey, 34, of Johnny Martin Road, are in the Washington Parish Jail and charged with several crimes.

Haley said that Martin burglarized residences on Johnny Martin Road and Cleve Kennedy Road, and is charged with theft of an automobile, burglary of an inhabited dwelling, three counts of theft and three counts of failure to appear in court. He remains in jail with bond set at $8,750.

Charles Martin

Martin has two previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail, Haley said. He was jailed in February of 2011, for failure to appear in court, driving under suspension, no license plate and having an open container in his vehicle. He remained in jail for two days before being released on bond.

In August of 2011, Martin was arrested for third offense driving while intoxicated, driving under suspension and improper lane usage. For this arrest, he remained in jail for six weeks before being released on bond.

Haley said that Massey is charged with possession of stolen property and being an accessory after the fact to the burglaries. She remains in jail with bond set at $5,000. This is her first incarceration in Washington Parish.

Haley said that Martin and Massey had recently returned to Washington Parish after having been incarcerated in Jackson County, Miss., for over two months for residential burglaries in Ocean Springs and Vancleave. They were released from the Jackson County Jail after posting bonds of $30,000 for Martin and $10,000 for Massey. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell indicated that the investigation is continuing and it is possible that more charges could be filed, Haley said.

Jennifer Massey

The investigation into the Washington Parish residential burglaries is also continuing. Meanwhile, any person who purchased property from Charles Timothy Martin is asked to contact Detective Kody Glenn at 985-839-3434.

“These multi-state thieves are welcome to remain in our jail for a long time,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “As long as they are in jail, they won’t be committing burglaries here, in Mississippi, or any other place. It is so sad that such persons choose lifestyles that cause them to be locked up in jail in order to protect the law-abiding citizens of Washington Parish.”