A barking dog and a bloody arm led to the arrest of an 18-year-old Hattiesburg man who was charged in connection with five burglaries in the Sumrall area early Thursday, June 20.
Gauge Braxton Jordan was charged with commercial burglary of a church, attempted residential burglary and three counts of auto burglary, Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said Friday. Jordan is being held in the Lamar County Jail.
Rigel said a man living in the 1400 block of Oloh Road was awakened about 6 a.m. Thursday when his dog started barking. The man went to a window in his home and saw a white male trying to break in. The homeowner got his shotgun and confronted the burglar, holding the suspect at gunpoint until deputies arrived, Rigel said.
When deputies apprehended the suspect, they discovered two handguns in the suspect’s pants pockets and blood on his arm. Jordan apparently had broken into a vehicle in the driveway, Rigel said.
When the deputies searched the area, they found a broken window at Military Baptist Church with blood on the glass. Blood was also inside the church, but nothing was missing, according to officials. However, two cars near the church also were burglarized.
“We plan to continue the investigation into the burglaries,” Rigel said. “There may be more arrests. We need to find out where he got those handguns.”