January 18, 2019  

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University Police Makes Arrest in Auto Burglary Cases

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The University Police Department (UPD) at The University of Southern Mississippi has made an arrest in connection with a series of auto burglaries occurring recently on the west side of the Hattiesburg campus. 

Keifird Griffith, 19, of Hattiesburg, was charged with three counts of auto burglary by UPD and booked in the Forrest County Jail March 27. Griffith, who is not a Southern Miss student, was scheduled to make his bond appearance in Forrest County Justice Court March 28.

“With help from the campus community and some tremendous investigative work by UPD Detective Lt. Donald Parhm, we were able to identify the suspect and make an arrest March 27,” said Assistant Police Chief Rusty Keyes. “We do not have reason to believe there are other suspects involved, and that this arrest resolves our investigation in these cases.”

Assistant Chief Keyes said in the majority of the auto burglaries, the vehicles were unlocked. “We ask that members of the campus community secure your vehicle; check and double-check to make sure it is locked, and keep valuables inside the vehicle out of view, or place them in the trunk or carry them with you.”

For questions, or to provide information to UPD about suspicious activity or a crime, call 601.266.4986. For general information about the University Police Department, visit https://www.usm.edu/police.