There are certain lists individuals shouldn’t want to end up on. One of those files is the Lee County Sheriff’s Department (LCSD) “most wanted” list.
“They get on this list when we’ve exhausted all means of locating them. The crimes are all felonies, so we need the public’s help finding them,” said Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson. “A number of these suspects in the past have turned themselves in when they make the list.
“The media, such as you, pick up on this and prints the names and photos of these individuals. There are a lot of ways to get the information out there.”
The twelve most wanted in Lee County are:
Brian Ellis Patrick — Burglary of a building.
Corey Weaver — Receiving stolen property.
Kendrick Pittman — Burglary of a dwelling.
Sherri K. Laster — False pretense, bad check
Benoris Floyd — Accessory after the fact to jail escape.
Melvin Bean — Receiving stolen property.
Gregory Chase Pruett — False pretense, bad check.
Kelley N. Haynes — False pretense, bad check.
Aja Chambers — False ID.
Rebecca Stevenson — False pretense, bad check.
Diane Angela Grose — Taking of a motor vehicle.
Bruce Franklin Martin — Burglary of building.
“The thing you have to realize is if someone doesn’t want to be found — it makes it very difficult,” Johnson said. “The hardest ones to catch are those who aren’t from around here and have no connections. They just stay under the radar.”
But once they make this list, they also end up on the Lee County Sheriff’s Department website, their Facebook page and on donated billboard space. As information comes in, a general area the criminal is spotted in turns into a safety checkpoint and the net draws tighter.
“Most of the people are going to have some connection to the general public, domestic, kinfolks or whatever and at some point in time — the pressure gets so great they give up,” Johnson said.
If you know the whereabouts of any of these people, please contact LCSD dispatch at 662-680-5766 or 911.
“If you aid or assist an individual who’s committed a felony crime, then you can be charged with a felony,” Johnson said. “You can be an accessory after the fact. You know this person has committed a crime. An example would be, the person comes to you and says ‘I robbed a bank, will you hide the money in your drawer?’ Then you can get caught up and be charged the same thing as the principle. You might as well robbed the bank yourself.”