CATEGORY: Crime

AUTHOR: GIBSON

SHANNON - Police and Shannon High School officials literally chased down a car burglary suspect Wednesday morning.

Kenneth Gordon, 32, P.O. Box 705, Shannon, was charged with one count of burglary of an auto and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Witnesses heard a car window shatter and saw Gordon with stolen items in the high school parking lot about 9:30 a.m., Shannon Police Chief Gary Hughes said.

Shannon High School Football Coach Mike Scott chased Gordon until police were able to arrest him about a quarter-mile from the school.

Gordon was booked into the Lee County-Tupelo Adult Jail on a $300,000 bond.

Police and school officials had staked out the parking lot because of a rash of car break-ins, Hughes said. Since the beginning of the school year, 14 cars have been burglarized in the Shannon High School parking lot, Hughes said.

Car stereo systems, tapes, compact discs, cellular phones and other items were reported stolen in the car break-ins.

Police are still trying to determine if Gordon was involved in the previous break-ins, Hughes said.

Gordon also was arrested on unrelated warrants charging him with failure to comply for court order and possession of a controlled substance.

- Michaela Gibson Morris

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