On December 14, 2016, members of the WPSO Criminal Investigative Division arrested Jody Ashley, an Angie area resident for Simple Burglary of a Business, Theft of a Firearm and Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm. In November of 2016 the victimized business owner believed that he had accidentally left the business unlocked for a very short time and when he returned he discovered he was missing a hunting rifle.
The break came in the case when WPSO Detectives were in Mississippi recovering stolen property from another case and learned that Jody Ashley had sold a rifle to an individual in Marion County, Mississippi. The rifle was recovered, traced to the business ownr, and Ashley admitted taking it.
Sheriff Seal said (in part)“I want to personally thank Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall and his deputies for their assistance in solving this case. During my administration we have worked hard to build relationships with our neighboring parishes and counties. I also want to commend our Criminal Investigative Division for their continuous hard work.”