Joseph Carter, age 29 and a resident of Troy Magee Road in Tylertown, Mississippi, was arrested April 10, 2021 by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. Carter’s arrest followed an investigation into a residential burglary on Rock Foil Road. After reporting the burglary, the homeowner secured his residence and property.
The burglar, along with a female accomplice, returned to the property during a thunderstorm. Their vehicle, which contained items stolen previously, became stuck in the mud as they were removing more items from the property. A passing motorist noticed the suspicious activity and called the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies quickly responded and were able to apprehend Carter and his companion, Megan Kemph, age 29 and a resident of North Aberdeen in Denham Springs. Both were arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.
Carter has at least four previous arrests in Washington Parish. In 2015, he was arrested for possession of illegal drugs and several traffic offenses. In 2016, and then again in 2017, he was arrested for failure to appear in court. In 2019 he was charged with two counts of possession of illegal drugs, theft of a motor vehicle and issuing worthless checks. His current charges include possession of methamphetamine, theft, burglary, two counts of criminal damage to property and attempted theft of an automobile. Kemph is charged with possession of stolen property.
“Some say that a criminal will always return to the scene of a crime,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “That certainly was the case this time, but it just didn’t work out for this thief and his accomplice. The concern of a passing motorist and the quick response of our deputies marked the end of this mini crime spree. It is always good when neighbors look out for each other and this is a good reminder for all. If you see something suspicious, call us and report it.”