Man with multiple burglary arrests apprehended again

Jessie Willis

An Ada man was arrested Sunday for an alleged burglary that occurred April 11.

Arrested was 25-year-old Jessie Eugene Willis.

Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent Rhoads responded April 11 to a burglary at 8:16 p.m. on County Road 1490 in the Byng area.

“I learned from speaking with (one of the homeowners, who said) she had just arrived home, when she pulled into the garage and noticed a light shining through the inner garage door to the residence,” Rhoads said in a report. “She realized the back door to the residence was open from the light, so she backed out of the garage and called for law enforcement. I cleared the residence to make sure nobody was still in the residence.”

Rhoads said he discovered a broken window on the south side of the garage where the burglar entered the home.

The homeowners walked through the house and noted that a television, jewelry and other items were missing.

The television was later found in the woods near the property line.

The victims’ credit card was later used at several retail stores in Ada and Asher.

Rhoads received a description of a man in the area at the time who had tattoos on his face and neck.

“On April 14, I was told of a possible suspect in this case may be Jessie Willis due to the tattoos,” Rhoads said.

Rhoads said he later visited a local convenience store and, after watching security camera footage, he was able to get a description of the man who used the victims’ credit card.

After further investigation, Rhoads and other law enforcement officers visited a residence where they believed Willis was staying.

“While speaking with (an occupant of the home), she denied knowing if (Willis) was at the residence and allowed us to enter the home to look for him,” Rhoads said. “(Willis) was located in the main bedroom in the southwest part of the house, asleep. Deputy Michael Walker came into the residence where (Willis) was taken into custody.”

Willis was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, knowingly concealing stolen property, unlawful entry and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Rhoads later interviewed Willis.

“During the interview, (Willis) admitted to breaking into the residence through a window and taking the television and other items,” Rhoads said. “(Willis) stated he ditched the television in woods. (Willis) stated the only thing he had left from the burglary was the credit card. (He) was unable to tell me where any of the other property was that is still missing, he didn’t want the jewelry, just the credit card.”

Sheriff John Christian said Willis was recently paroled from prison.

According to court records, Willis was sentenced in December 2013 on several felonious charges including four counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of uttering a forged instrument and taking or receiving a stolen credit card. He pleaded no contest.

In 2009, Willis pleaded no contest to two felonies — escape from arrest or detention and entering a dwelling without permission.

In 2010, Willis pleaded no contest to five counts of second-degree burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property.