Doorbell cameras assist OPD in burglary arrests

Published 11:36 am Wednesday, August 24, 2022

On Aug. 17, officers with the Oxford Police Department responded to several auto burglaries in the area of Old Taylor Rd. During the course of the investigation, detectives identified Xavian Ivy, 18, of Oxford, as one of the suspects on doorbell and security cameras in the area. He was taken into custody shortly afterwards and charged with 4 counts of Auto Burglary. Two juveniles were also arrested and referred to the Lafayette County Youth Court.

Xavian Ivy (left) and Preston Phillips (right) were arrested in connection to recent Old Taylor Rd. burglaries.

Further investigation revealed evidence that Ivy was involved with auto burglaries that occurred in the previous month near Old Taylor Rd. This led to 2 additional charges for Auto Burglary and Sale of a Stolen Firearm. Ivy was taken before a Lafayette County Justice Court judge and given a bond of $30,000.

Information gathered during the arrest of Ivy led to OPD, Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department, and Lafayette County Metro Narcotics executing a search warrant on a residence in the 300 block of Cotton Creek Cove. Preston Phillips, 24, of Water Valley, was subsequently arrested and charged with Cyber Stalking, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of a Weapon by a Felon and Felony Possession of Marijuana. Phillips was taken before a Lafayette County Justice Court judge and given a bond of $40,000, however he currently has a hold placed on him by the Mississippi Department of Corrections.