A 24-year-old Spring Street man was arrested twice in three days in connection with thefts from local residences.
Matthew Jay Mann, 24, 554 Spring Street, Commerce, was first arrested on May 29 in connection with a burglary that occurred on May 23.
At that time, a 50-year-old white male told police that someone broke out a back window and kicked in the rear door to gain entry to a residence on Madison Street. A neighbor reportedly saw a young white male named Jay drive away from the residence with a pickup truck load of items. The report did not specify what those items were. Nor did it indicate the circumstances under which Mann was arrested.
However, on June 1, a 57-year-old white male told police that someone removed items from the front porch and a side screened porch of a house on Spring Street, which the man was taking care of for his cousin.
Three police responded to the call. Two of them left the scene after determining that the victim would recognize the items stolen and the alleged thief.
The man said metal chairs, a metal porch swing and a metal storm door had been taken.
The two officers returned shortly with Mann in their car. The caretaker of the property identified him as the suspect, and officers charged Mann with theft by taking.
For all of the arrests made last week by the Commerce Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff's office, see the June 5 edition of The Commerce News.