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Oxford Police arrest three in connection with multiple auto burglaries

Three individuals are facing multiple felony charges after a spree of auto burglaries this week.

On Nov. 18 at around 6 a.m., multiple reports started coming in from victims who had items stolen from their vehicles. By the end of the day, the Oxford Police Department had taken 14 auto burglary reports and one home burglary report. Investigators began working tips and leads and even stayed out overnight.

Enough evidence was collected to earn a search warrant for a residence in the Garden Terrace area. The warrant led to the discovery of most of the stolen items, items reported stolen as far back as 2017 and narcotics.

On Nov. 19, two individuals identified as Justin Towler, 24 of Oxford, and Kimberly Adams, 28 of Oxford, were found in the residence of and taken into custody without incident and taken to the Lafayette County Detention Center. Later that day, officers apprehended a third suspect identified as Chester Gipson, 23 of Abbeville, who was also transported to the LCDC.

“We would like to remind everyone that the holiday season is approaching fast and to take this time to remember to lock your doors and remove valuables from sight,” interim OPD chief Jeff McCutchen said in a statement. “Remember, if you see something, say something. We will respond no matter what.”

Towler was charged with 14 counts of auto burglary, one count of residential burglary, one count of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and one count of possession of stolen property. Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit also charged him with two counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was given a bond of $150,000.

OPD charged Gipson with 14 counts of auto burglary, one count of residential burglary and one count of possession of weapon by a convicted felon. He was given a bond of $100,000.

Adams was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and OPD charged her with one count of possession of stolen property. She was given a bond of $50,000.