The intelligence of those who attempt to make a living through crime never ceases to amaze.
Robert Bradford, a 46-year-old resident of Wiggins, has been arrested in connection with the burglary of a maintenance building at Stone Middle School.
The school filed a complaint last Monday after having discovered the break in and theft.
"The burglar stole several power hand tools as well as some copper line used for air conditioning work and some copper electrical wire," said Wiggins Police Department Investigator Roger Freeman.
Leads-on-Line, an internet based crime fighting tool, led Freeman to Bradford.
State scrap laws require scrap dealers to withhold payment for scrap materials and take a photo of the scrap and the individual attempting to sell it.
Bradford was apparently smart enough to know he would be identified so he got his nephew to conduct the transaction.
He was not smart enough, however, to move out of the camera's range.
"When we looked at the photo of the seller, there was Bradford in the background of the picture," Freeman said.
Bradford has been charged with burglary of a commercial building, a felony, and was still in custody at the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility as of Tuesday morning.
The Wiggins Police Department is also seeking information concerning a burglary at Butch Oustalet Ford.
A person or persons gained entry through the west wall of the service department.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the WPD at 601-928-5444 or Crime Stoppers at 888-313-8477.
Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for tips leading to an arrest or the apprehension of a fugitive.